[Tagging] Feature Proposal - Voting - Government offices

Matthijs Melissen info at matthijsmelissen.nl
Mon Feb 15 10:11:20 UTC 2016


On 15 February 2016 at 10:48, Martin Koppenhoefer
<dieterdreist at gmail.com> wrote:
> What I don't like in the new tag, and what was already mentioned several
> times in previous discussions, is that you still insist on using the term
> "government" for apparently all kind of public entities, be it executive,
> legislative or judiciary. According to wikipedia, this double usage is
> common for English speaking countries (
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Government first paragraph: "the word
> government is also used more narrowly to refer to the collective group of
> people that exercises executive authority in a state." second paragraph: "In
> the case of its broad associative definition, government normally consists
> of legislators, administrators, and arbitrators."), but it isn't in other
> countries like Germany for instance. I would appreciate finding either a
> wording that is less ambiguous and will not lead to problems that are
> already foreseeable now, e.g. "public entity" for an integrative approach,
> or splitting the different kind of powers already in the main tag.

I would argue that the German term Regierung does not correspond to
the term government (and that the German language is missing a synomym
for government). For example, Dutch has both the term 'Overheid' which
refers to all branches of government, and 'Regering' which refers to
the national executive branch (and more precisely only to the
(vice)ministers).

Basically you are saying that the English term matches the definition
correctly, but that there exists a near-synonym in Germany that does
not match the definition. I don't think that's enough reason to change
the tag (or its definition).

-- Matthijs



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