The Functions of Government by Dapray Muir


Throughout history, people have worked together to solve community problems, problems such as access to food and water. Such efforts resulted in the formation of governments. This is a book about what governments generally do, with examples drawn from the present and from the past. It explores the origins of government and the various issues that gave rise to governments, and how different localities addressed them. Covering everything from war and defense to museums and culture, it includes examples from around the world, as well as examples from ancient and medieval history. What functions require communal attention vary according to the place and times, but certain functions appear to be more fundamental than others–defense more important than communications; health more important than museums. Despite differences in form and philosophy, the reader will see how much various governments have in common.

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