Government - Scope of Government

len Alfred Ajibola - Sun, 29th December, 2019 @ 16:17

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Academic Questions in Government

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The absence of government in a country or state is referred to as _____.

  • A. chaos
  • B. doom
  • C. oligarchy
  • D. autocracy
  • E. anarchy
  • F. meritocracy

The definition of democracy as "Government of the people, by the people and for the people" is a concept of _____.

  • A. John F. Kennedy
  • B. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • C. Aristotle
  • D. George W. Bush
  • E. Kamala Harris
  • F. Abraham Lincoln

A form of government where the wealthy rule the people is known as _____.

  • A. plutocracy
  • B. timocracy
  • C. technocracy
  • D. meritocracy
  • E. richocracy
  • F. autocracy

Which of the following countries isn't a result of the disintegration of the Soviet Union (USSR)?

  • A. Malta
  • B. Latvia
  • C. Moldova
  • D. Estonia
  • E. Georgia
  • F. Uzbekistan

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Scope of Government:

Government can be defined an institution or agency or machinery or instrument that is established to manage the affairs of the general welfare of the people that make up a state or country.

The above definition holds true when we consider the subject "government" as an Institution.

Note: Government may also be defined in terms of "an Academic Field of Study" or "an Act of Governing".

Please read on the various Definitions of Government and the Concept of Government here.

The Scope of Government refers to the extent or area or fields covered by government.

The scopes of Government (or Political Science at the tertiary level) can be put into 5. These are:

1. Public Administration

Public Administration deals with the ways through which people, technology and materials can be managed through the various governmental establishments in order to achieve societal goals.

Please read on the Functions of Government here.

Take for instance, the Minister of Education in your country is responsible for administering the best possible ways that people, technology and materials can be utilized to bring about quality education in your country.

Please read on the Consequences and Solutions to Illiteracy here.


2. International Relations

This branch of government focuses on the foreign policies of different countries or states. It also deals with diplomacy and external relations with these foreign countries.

Please read on the Advantages of Foreign Trade here.

International Relations will also have involvements with international organizations like the United Nations Organization (UNO), European Union (EU), Organization of African Unity (OAU) and so on.

Please read on Global Acronyms and their Meanings here.

You may have observed that different countries have got their various ambassadors to other countries. Each ambassador (for each country) presents the face of their nation in their different countries of assignment; even as they relate with the country’s government.

Please read on the Characteristics of Government here.

Note: International Relations (ILR) aims to foster the relationship between different countries such that they are able work together, making treaties with one another for their respective benefits.

Please read on the Objectives of Social Studies here.


3. Political Institutions

Political Institutions relate to the offices of the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary arms of Government.

Please read on the Arms of Government and their Functions here.


4. Comparative Politics

This branch of government deals with the comparative analysis (that is; the similarities and differences) between different governments, political systems and political institutions among various countries of the world.

Nigeria as an instance runs a similar form of government with the United States of America.

Please read on the Forms of Government here.


5. Political Thoughts or Political Theories

This division of government deals with the ideas, imaginations and thoughts that the legendary and great thinkers had regarding a state or nation.

Example of such great thinkers includes Aristotle, Plato, John Locke, Socrates, Karl Max, Martin Luther King Jr, Thomas Hobbles and so on.

Please read on various Motivational Theories and Quotes from Great Thinkers here.

Below are some of their thoughts:

  • The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class are to represent and repress them.

    Karl Max

  • Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.


  • The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.


  • Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

    Martin Luther King Jr.

  • Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.

    John Locke

  • Hell is truth seen too late.

    Thomas Hobbles

  • Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.


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Amazing facts in Government


Anarchy is one of the forms of government. Ironically, it is the absence of government in a society, country or state.

An instance of anarchy occurred in Somalia in 1991 after a dictator name Said Barre was overthrown. This made Somalia disintegrate into fractions with local warlords imposing their authority over their land/area.

Other forms of government includes:

  1. Oligarchy
  2. Colonialism
  3. Monarchy
  4. Communism
  5. Federalism
  6. Dictatorship
  7. Democracy
  8. Meritocracy
  9. Autocracy
  10. Aristocracy 

Please read on the various forms of government here

Democracy is a form of government where the power of choosing a leader is vested on the people. It represents a government of the people, by the people and for the people.

According to Abrahim Lincoln,

Democracy means government of the people, by the people and for the people.

In democracy, the citizens have the rights to vote and be voted for. The citizens are mandated to choose their preferred candidate by voting for them through their political party. In fact, this voting process is considered as one of the civic responsibility of every citizen.

Please read on the fundamental Human Rights here.

NOTE: No one is above the rule of law in the democratic system. If the election outcome does not reflect the mandate of the people, a court of competent jurisdiction can nullify such election.

Democracy is practiced in countries like Nigeria, United States of America, India and South Africa.