Comparative politics tends to focus mostly on activities at the national level, but it can just as easily compare government and politics at the regional, city, and local levels. The functional equivalents of national executives, legislatures, and courts can all be found at some or all of these levels, particularly in federal systems, meaning that no study of politics and government in a given state can aff ord to ignore them. Ironically, most voters tend to overlook the work of sub-national government: many of the services that most immediately impact their lives come from regional and local government, and local offi cials are usually more accessible than their national counterparts, and yet turnout at regional and local elections is much lower than at national elections.
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