Item description for Government And Business: American Political Economy in Comparative Perspective by Richard Lehne...
What influence does business have on government? How much should government regulate and intervene with business? To evaluate the nexus of the two, Richard Lehne explores how government and business each rely on the effective performance of the other to meet their goals. Government depends on business to create jobs, generate revenue, promote innovation, and provide goods and services; business needs government to provide specific opportunities for firms and industries and to maintain conditions in which economic activity can flourish.
Taking a decidedly comparative approach, Lehne evaluates the similarities and differences between the U.S. political economy and those of Great Britain, Germany, Japan, and the European Union. After providing rich historical context, he probes some of the most crucial dilemmas facing government and business today--including whether economic globalization threatens national sovereignty; the place of public opinion, unions, and other advocacy groups in government-business relations; and the best way to improve the international trade system.
Important new coverage includes:
how the Enron and WorldCom-MCI scandals illustrate major failures in regulation by both government policies and corporate governance
how the regulation of cell phones in the EU and United States illustrates major differences in industrial policy
how recalls on drugs such as Vioxx and Celebrex shamed the FDA and reflect the intense accountability of federal regulation for certain private industries
how European business groups are gaining strength and influence on policy in the EU
how regulation is used as a policy tool, specifically looking at the FCC's tightening regulation of the media
For enhanced accessibility and interest, Lehne has added several features new to the second edition:
Cases in Development boxes extend the comparative analysis with key illustrations of business-government relations in developing countries, including India, Mexico, Brazil, China, and South Korea.
Comprehensive glossary spotlights all key terms for each chapter.
Chapter-ending summaries encapsulate the most important concepts developed in each chapter.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.82" Width: 5.98" Height: 0.94" Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Release Date Oct 31, 2005
Publisher CQ Press
ISBN 1933116056 ISBN13 9781933116051
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Encompassing and insightful read Jan 8, 2002
This book isn't for the average reader, since it deals with rather heavy-handed material. That being said, this text was part of a graduate-level course I took on government. While only a few chapters were required reading, I found myself reading the entire thing. Lehne's insights into the historical background of our modern government and policiy as well as his integration of government and economics overseas makes this book unique. After reading it, I have developed a much more profound sense of why our institutions exist, what they do, what they are intended to accomplish, as well as what shortcomings of any governmental system need to be addressed in order to address the increasing globalization of our world. At the very least, this book will make you rethink the role of politics in American society.