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:
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.
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