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Local Government Essay

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. Introduction…………………………………………………………………………p.g.2

2. What is local government?…………………………………………………………….p.2

3. Hierarchy Roles of local government…………………………………………………p.2-3

4. Functions of local government………………………………………………………..p.g.3 (4.1) Line functions………………………………………………………………………p.3 (4.2) Supporting functions……………………………………………………………….p.3 5. Values and principles for local government…………………………………………..p.4

6. Challenges that affect local government………………………………………………p.5

7. Strategies to overcome these challenge………………………………………………..p.5

8. Conclusion……………………………………………………………………………p.5-6

9. Referencing list……………………………………………………………………..p.7

1. INTRODUCTION
Are local governments governing efficiently and effectively by satisfy the basic needs and provide service to citizens? From what is currently happening, it does not look as if this is the case. Local Government exists for two reasons, namely service-rendering and democracy to citizens, however each and every day citizens are on strike claiming that service is not delivered to them by local government. In this essay, the argument is that weather local governments does satisfy or not the needs of the citizens. This essay will critical explain the place of local government in the government hierarchy. The argument will be supported by firstly, a definition of what is local government. Secondly, the roles of local government within a democratic system of government will be discussed. Thirdly, the functions of the local government within the democratic system will be explained. Fourthly, values and principles for local government will be discussed. Fifthly, the challenges that affect local government will be explained. Lastly the solutions to overcome these challenge will be discussed. 2. WHAT IS LOCAL GOVERNMENT?

Local government is an administrative body for a small environmental area, such as a city, town, county, or state. A local government will usually only have control over their specific area, and cannot pass or enforce laws that will affect a wider area. Local governments can elect officials, ratify taxes, and do many other things that a national government would do, just on a smaller scale. Local government act as an communication between government and citizens, it is whereby citizen can lay any grievance they have with government. “Local government should not serve as job providers of service ...

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