Good government is government that listens to the needs and desires of its people, allows for open criticism, invites engagement and strives every day and in every act to make the life better for its citizens.

Good government is ethical, efficient, effective, responsive, transparent, participatory, consensus-oriented and relevant. Making government good depends on informed, educated citizens continually holding it to highest possible standards.

A multitude of issues constantly threaten good government and require vigilance and action. Corruption (bribery, nepotism, patronage), intrusions on privacy (surveillance, data collection), waste (overspending, poor organization, program redundancies) and political gridlock are among the more common challenges to good government.

Whether your aim is making government listen and respond in your town, your state or at the federal level, your voice has the power to influence the laws, programs and policies that benefit your fellow Americans.

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