… a core term used in Governance and Institutions and Atlas100


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.”

Atlas topic, subject, and course

The Study of Governance and Institutions (core topic) in Governance and Institutions and Atlas100 Governance and Institutions.

Source at, accessed 5 August 2016.

Boundless. “Forms of Government.” Boundless Political Science. Boundless, 26 May 2016. At, accessed 5 August 2016.

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