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local government

noun    
[U] the control and organization of towns and small areas, and the services they provide, by people who are elected by those living in the area: We are asking both local and national government to address the issue of climate change.Local government and politics [C] mainly US an individual organization that is responsible for controlling and organizing a town or small area, providing its services, etc.: The study looked at the role of local governments in the financial crisis.
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