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The public sector (also called the state sector) is the part of the economy composed of both "public services and "public enterprises.

Public services include public goods and governmental services such as the "military, "police, "infrastructure ("public roads, "bridges, "tunnels, "water supply, "sewers, "electrical grids, "telecommunications, etc.), "public transit, "public education, along with "health care and those working for the government itself, such as "elected officials. The public sector might provide services that a non-payer cannot be excluded from (such as street lighting), services which benefit all of society rather than just the individual who uses the service.[1] Public enterprises, or state-owned enterprises, are self-financing commercial enterprises that are under "public ownership which provide various private goods and services for sale and usually operate on a commercial basis.

Organizations that are not part of the public sector are either a part of the "private sector or "voluntary sector. The private sector is composed of the "business sector, which is intended to earn a profit for the owners of the enterprise. The voluntary, civic or social sector concerns a diverse array of non-profit organizations emphasizing civil society.



The organization of the public sector can take several forms, including:

A borderline form is as follows:

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  1. ^ "public sector". Investorwords, WebFinance, Inc. 2016.
  2. ^ "The Center for Responsive Politics." OpenSecrets.org. Center for Responsive Politics, 16 May 2017. Web. 11 June 2017.


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