Government is a noun that refers to the system or group of people responsible for controlling and administering a nation, state, or other political entity. It includes the institutions, organizations, and officials that make and enforce laws, regulate commerce and industry, provide public services, and defend the country from external threats. Government can take various forms, such as democracy, monarchy, dictatorship, or communism, and its functions and powers vary depending on the particular system of government in place. The term government can also refer to the process of governing, as well as to the people and structures involved in that process.


Abscam (sometimes written ABSCAM) was an FBI sting operation in the late 1970s and early 1980s that led to the convictions of seven members of the United States Congress, among others, for bribery and corruption. The two-year investigation initially targeted trafficking in stolen property and corruption of prominent businessmen, but later evolved into a public …

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New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS)

The New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) is a New York state government department responsible for regulating financial services and product offerings. The NYDFS’s purpose is to facilitate the growth and health of the financial industry in New York, spur economic development in a justly regulated and compliant fashion, and ensure the honesty, safety, …

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Bicameralism is the practice of having a legislature divided into two separate assemblies, chambers, or houses, known as a bicameral legislature. Bicameralism is distinguished from unicameralism, in which all members deliberate and vote as a single group. As of 2015, about 40% of world’s national legislatures are bicameral, and about 60% are unicameral.