Government and Business are inextricably linked in the United States. Public Policies, including regulations, taxes, and programs, have a large influence on the economy and the environment in which business operates. Likewise, the health and productivity of business impacts the economy, government revenues, and need for government services. In turn, both government and business are substantially affected by financial institutions and services.
This is an advanced-level course exploring the relationship of government and business in the United States. In addition, this course is taught entirely online. There are weekly lecture videos and substantial reading assignments but no required meeting times. The material and depth of analysis are reflective of this level of work and format.
This course first provides an introduction to the history and ideological foundations of capitalism and government. Second, it introduces the core needs of business and how these are affected by the public sector. Next, we will consider the role of government in the business environment and economy. We will also look at the mechanisms that businesses use to influence public policy. Course learning goals and objectives are pursued via readings and videos, written assignments, and online discussions.
There are four learning goals and objectives for this course:
- Provide an overview of the relationship and important issues of government-business relations
- Provide you with an understanding of the main theories and policies of our current economic and business systems
- Provide you with an opportunity to research and prepare an analysis of a company
- Improve your ability to communicate ideas in an online setting