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  • The right or power to direct and demand performance and obedience, enforce laws, determine or judge. It also includes the right to specify the means and methods by which work will be executed. The term is derived from the Latin word auctorius.

    A public authority is a type of public benefit corporation, or public corporation contracted by a state to perform a defined public service. A public authority typically takes on a more bureaucratic role and is granted broad powers to regulate or maintain public property. The organization is generally run by boards of directors who are appointed rather than elected. Such corporations are often found in common-law jurisdictions, such as the British Commonwealth countries, and often operate in heavily regulated industries, such as transportation. In ...

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