Merriam-Webster defines government as “the group of people who control and make decisions for a country, state, etc.”
Boundless describes government as follows:
“Government is the means by which state policy is enforced, as well as the mechanism for determining the policy of the state. A form of government, or form of state governance, refers to the set of political institutions by which a government of a state is organized (synonyms include “regime type” and “system of government”). Governments consist of two broad interplaying elements that generally determine how a government is coded: the power source and the power structure. Power source refers to the individuals and institutions that exercise governing authority over a state and the means by which they obtain their power, while power structure refers to the system by which they are organized.”
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Merriam-Webster.com at http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/government, accessed 5 August 2016.
Boundless. “Forms of Government.” Boundless Political Science. Boundless, 26 May 2016. At https://www.boundless.com/political-science/textbooks/boundless-political-science-textbook/american-politics-1/forms-of-government-19/forms-of-government-113-7058/, accessed 5 August 2016.
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