public service

A public service is a service that benefits society, more so than any particular individual ro group. In other words, it is an act that serves the public good) for degradations of the public good.''

Most government programs are public services - the unwritten justification for levying taxes is exactly that the taxes are only to be spent serving the public good.

In politics, the term public service is sometimes used as a synonym for civil service, meaning, all those who work in the public sector.

See also: public sector, voluntary sector, government program, charitable status, public bad