Lehne, Richard, Government and Business (L)
PLEASE ANSWER TWO OF THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS
1. In the introduction, Lehne suggests that a new “social compact” between business and society/government is being forged. What does he mean by that remark? What was the previous compact and, what changes have there been? Discuss the social compact for another country. Which would you argue is likely to yield a more favorable outcome? Discuss what you would regard as an appropriate social compact for the American of the 21st century. On what basis did you devise that construct? Explain, considering what you know about the prevailing social and constitutional landscapes.
2. In Chapter 2 of the Lehne texts there is discussion provided of both roles of government (framework, promotional, regulatory and social service) and models of business/government relationship (market, stakeholder, capitalism). Select the governmental role-type and model that you feel has been applied to solve a problem in the 21st century. Discuss the problem, the policy that was enacted to solve it and, how it reflected a government role and relationship model. Would you have selected that policy? Why? Why not?
3. Corporations enjoyed considerable popularity when they first began to appear in the 19th century. To what would you attribute their popularity? What developments contributed to their decline in popularity? What is their status today, in your opinion? Explain. Considering the reasons stated for their unpopularity, what would you suggest government do to effect positive change?
4. What is meant by the term “positive government”? When did positive government emerge in the United States? What brought it about? Would you characterize the government of the United States as positive in the first decade of the 21st century? Explain. Has it been more or less positive in the second decade? Explain. What role has the Constitution and distribution of political power had to do with the conditions of the first and second decades of the 21st century, respectively?
5. Who was John Maynard Keynes? How does his approach to macroeconomic management depart from the previous status quo? How was American society transformed to make the Keynesian approach more salient than its predecessor? How was the Keynesian approach manifest in macroeconomic policymaking? If you were advising the government of the United States would you suggest more or, less, Keynesianism? Explain. Is the US government likely to become more or, less Keynesian in the coming 12 months? Explain.
6. Discuss subgovernments. Does the Constitution of the United States support them in your view? Explain, citing relevant Articles. When did they begin to appear? Why? What role did they play in policy making a century ago? Explain. What happened to bring about a change in their role, if any change has occurred? Which would you suggest has had the more positive impact, the situation today or, that of a century ago? Explain.
7. Select any public policy problem that exists in the United States today. Is the optimal problem solving mechanism for that issue political or economic, in your opinion? Explain. Has the actual means used to address it been more political or economic? Explain. How do you account for any convergence or divergence? Which approach would you argue is more supported constitutionally? Explain.
8. Select a candidate for the office of President in the 2016 race. In general, would you say that the candidate is more of a public or private sector proponent? Explain, citing a policy promise that they have been making. Choose another candidate with an opposing view? Which philosophy, not candidate specifically, do you believe makes more sense for the US in 2016? Explain. Be sure to consider constitutional as well as philosophical criteria.