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Global Dimensions of Public Administration and Governance: A Comparative Voyage by Jos Raadschelders, Eran Vigoda-Gadot

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CHAPTER NINE

TRADITIONAL GOVERNMENT ACTIVITIES I

National Defense, Police, Law and Order

This chapter encapsulates core tasks that governments hold sway over: protection of the jurisdiction from extraneous threats (military) and inside turbulence (police) that, alongside the system of law and judiciary, constitute and epitomize the gist of a nation's sovereignty. Governments since antiquity have been contingent upon these traditional services. Looking at various structures of the construction of power and law systems as well as cultural diversity and reliance on values and tradition, we will illustrate the administrative challenges facing states across the globe and suggest some elements of comparison. Attention will be given to the general development ...

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