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- public-sector (as adjective)
- Any government and all entities that are controlled or funded by it and deliver public services.
- The area of the nation's affairs under governmental rather than private control.
- Industries or services provided or funded by the government.
2013 June 7, Joseph Stiglitz, “Globalisation is about taxes too”, The Guardian Weekly, volume 188, number 26, page 19:
- It is time the international community faced the reality: we have an unmanageable, unfair, distortionary global tax regime. […] It is the starving of the public sector which has been pivotal in America no longer being the land of opportunity – with a child's life prospects more dependent on the income and education of its parents than in other advanced countries.
industries provided by the government
- Of or relating to a public sector.