This book introduces business-government relations in the institutional context of the United States from a practitioner’s perspective. It provides the historical, descriptive, and comparative accounts of the public and private sectors, the different roles government plays with business, including several conceptual models to understand the social interactions between the two sectors, and various economic policies associated with business. Business-government relations are framed into three different social economic contexts:
- The sociopolitical arena, in which government’s role as agent of business, interest groups, and government’s limited role as social architect, are introduced.
- The local economic development, in which government acts as a promoter of, partner with, and buyer from, business.
- The global market, where government mainly plays a role as promoter of domestic business.
In the course of discussion, a set of skills, such as searching government jobs, starting a business, analyzing stakeholders, ethical reasoning, advancing a business agenda, leveraging public resources, contracting with government, interpreting global trends, doing business abroad, and leveraging international resources, are introduced and exercised.
Table of Contents
Part I: Introduction to Business-Government Relations 1. Introduction to Government 2. Theories about Business-Government Relations in Society 3. Historical Development of Government’s roles with Business 4. Economic Policy Part II: Business-Government Relations in the Sociopolitical Arena 5. Protection of Consumer, Employee, and the Environment 6. Corporate Social Responsibilities 7. Business Involvement in Politics Part III: Business-Government Relations in Economic Development 8. Government and Business in Economic Development 9. Industrial Recruitment 10. Public Entrepreneurs and Privatization Part IV: Business-Government Relations in the Global Market 11. Globalization and Free Trade 12. Examples of and Challenges for Trade Regimes in the World 13. International Trade and Financial Institutions
Anna Ya Ni is an associate professor of Public Administration at California State University San Bernardino, USA. Her research focuses on e-government and public-private partnerships.
Montgomery Van Wart is a professor in the Department of Public Administration at California State University, San Bernardino, USA. He is also a visiting professor at the University of Hong Kong.