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Political Tiers & Services for Citizens

Distinguish Needs from Services

No tier of government «owns» a communal need. Governments at all tiers will always be concerned with communal needs. However, handling services to meet those needs is an entirely separate organizational issue. Read more on social v service territories.

It is essential to distinguish:

«Responsibility for services» does not automatically imply … Closedgovernment employees providing those services. It may make more sense to contract out or regulate services. Read more on provision of services for the public.

The differing responsibilities of the political organization at each tier, in respect of a selection of communal needs, is shown in the following Matrix.

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Meeting Social Objectives

Objectives in relation to meeting needs, as pursued by each tier of political organization, is further clarified by considering the tiers in pairs.

The higher tier governing entity has a concern for standards and the general form of communal needs/services of its component territories,
the lower tier entity handles specific application and actual provision in its territory.

The higher-tier governing entity delegates or leaves matters to the lower-tier governing entity,
the lower-tier entity makes representations to the higher:

L1 & L2: Ensuring pleasant daily interaction amongst specific individuals.

L2 & L3: Provision of communal facilities and amenities in general.

L3 & L4: Service provision and socialization for citizens.

L4 & L5: Citizenship, economic development and geopolitical security.

L5 & L6: Enabling international exchanges and international activities.

L6 & L7: World harmonization and integration wherever possible/desirable.

Originally posted: August-2009; Last updated: 15-Nov-2010

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