The Role of the ‘State’

What are governments actually for?
First question: What’s the government? What does it do, and what should it do? Politics and media are too busy with the news of the day to talk about the bigger questions of what states are really for. What counts as public and private is one of the most important debates in economics, and in society – before deciding that, we can’t work out what should and shouldn’t be tax-funded, state-supported, or market-led.