For all practical purposes, governments are put in place to collect taxes, oversee the building of roads, sustain health care and education, maintain military forces, manage budgets, govern
courts of law as well as law & order in the streets.
Even so, more government versus less government has been debated within modern democracies since they first arose in the 18th century.
Around the web, check out more general government guides & information, government home pages, along with facts on world rulers, types of governments in existence around the planet, refresher courses on civil liberties, and related resources for human rights and government watchdogs...
More about goverment around the Web:
Resources on the Web - Student guide from the University
of Michigan with links to national, international, regional
and local government sites plus educational resources including
political science, political theory, debate topics for high
school students and lots more...
Types of Governments - Detailed analysis of types of government's rise and fall in the 20th century, with historical information and related maps.
World Rulers - Kings, queens, military dictators, presidents and prime ministers plus where they ruled and when, with photos,
browseable in a complete A-Z list.
Human Rights Watch - Taking governments to task with reports on prisons, police brutality, children's rights, refugees and related issues featuring photo essays, audio and video presentations.