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mandate

An order or edict to perform a particular task.
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mandate

(măn′dāt)
1. A legal, ethical, or political requirement to execute actions or orders.
2. An order from a higher authority to an officer of a lower court.
mandatory, adjective
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Mitchell, The Effects of Mandating Benefits Packages, 11 RES.
But simple economic analysis shows that the opponents are making the stronger case for the mandated benefit, with the advocates arguing that the benefit is worth less than it costs and that mandating it would make workers worse off.
This overall indicator, however, of UMRA-defined mandate activity in 1996 obscures other important mandating activity First, the indicator excludes the passage of mandates not covered by UMRA, such as laws protecting against discrimination and grant conditions.
Much has been made of the small business lobbies' campaign against mandating that employers pay for some percentage of their workers' insurance.
Another delegate during the discussion said unfunded mandates eliminate accountability at the mandating level in that they try to separate the pleasure (of passing new popular programs) from the pain (of finding a way to fund those program).
The IRS recently issued temporary and proposed regulations mandating the electronic filing of large corporate income tax returns for the 2005 filing year.
For the first time, federal mandating was elevated out of the specialized discourse of the intergovernmental community and placed on the broader public agenda.
As the House raced toward adjournment, cities won a critical victory with the defeat of an NLC-opposed amendment mandating spending cuts that would pass the buck to cities.