The Local State
Very few countries have only a single central government. In most there is at least one tier of local government below the national state, plus state agencies organised within a territorial framework. These subordinate bodies are the administrative agencies for the central state, undertaking a large number of tasks (Chapter 1). They are also the bodies through which citizens have most of their direct dealings with the state, forming what Taylor (1982) calls the ‘level of experience’. Thus the term ‘local state’ applies to any nonsovereign body concerned with the government of a constituent area of a sovereign state.
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