Chapter 6: Broadening the picture – two national regulatory agencies
Many of the core (or inalienable) functions of government are regulatory ones, concerned with the establishment of the legal identities of citizens and with the registration of roles and granting of permissions. Constitutional and legal provisions cluster thickly in regulatory areas, normally requiring that government involvement is undertaken by civil servants or independent agencies, but still squarely within the government sector. In the two areas we examine here, the provision of passports and the government registration of drivers and motor vehicles, there is also a high potential for corruption and malversation. Hence, directly employing public officials to administer these services has historically been seen as important for assurance and effectiveness. In addition, other governments will only accept foreign citizens and vehicles entering their territory on an inter- state basis. So international treaties and protocols all require that passport provision and vehicle licensing remain government controlled.
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