America includes many more governments than just the singular nation and fifty state governments. There are approximately 87,000 other governments that exercise power over people living within American boundaries. These 87,000 governments include municipal governments, country governments, school districts and special districts. A decentralized federal system gives more points of access to both citizens and groups representing special interests. However, America participates less in local elections than in national elections, with confusion about local government as a leading reason.