May a government exist without a state? why? (definition given by political science)?

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  • 10 years ago
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    In general, no. The government is the committee that heads the state.

    There can be a rudimentary government trying to set UP a state, like after a thorough-going revolution or a collapse. For example, there can hardly be said to BE a state in Somalia, but there is a prime minister or president or something.

    There have been cases in history where the state and the government that heads it are in conflict. For instance in Nicaragua after the anti-Somoza revolution, the socialist-leaning Sandinistas were defeated and absorbed by the capitalist state they tried to govern. Now the former guerrillas and "radicals" are a not even-that-LIBERAL (let alone radical) party that runs in elections.

    Although there are various specific exceptions, in general there can't be a government without a state.

  • 10 years ago

    Without a state to govern you have no government. Have you ever heard the term "Talibanistan?"

    Look it up, you'll see what I'm getting at.

  • 10 years ago

    The government must have a state, or else there would be no government.

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