- Maintaining social order
- Providing for the common defense
- Managing conflict
- Protecting the rights of Citizens
- Facilitating Economic Activity
- Providing for the Public good (schools, bridges, etc.)
The best definition of government:
A political system or structure for exercising authority over people in a particular geographic area.
Why do governments provide public goods and services:
It is not profitable or possible for individuals or businesses to provide public goods and services for all citizens. What other reasons would government, especially older civilizations, have for wanting to provide services to its citizens?