Government and Business

  • Gordon Boyce
  • Simon Ville


Governments have played a pervasive role in the economies of many nations. Such roles have periodically included that of facilitator (economic development and stabilisation, role model, information conduit), arbitrator (competition, regulation, corporations law, property rights) and participant (buyer and seller of goods and services). In a sporting analogy we can say that the state has been coach, referee and player; sometimes all three!


Business Group Competition Policy Public Ownership British Government Modern Business 
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Further Reading

  1. Bell, S. (1993) Australian Manufacturing and the State: The Politics of Industry Policy in the Post-war Era (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).Google Scholar
  2. Butlin, N.G., Barnard, A. and Pincus, J.J. (1982) Government and Capitalism: Public and Private Choice in Twentieth-Century Australia (Sydney: Allen & Unwin).Google Scholar
  3. Cowling, K. and Tomlinson, P.R. (2000) ‘The Japanese Crisis–a Case of Strategic Failure?’ The Economic Journal, 110 (June).Google Scholar
  4. Foreman-Peck, J. and Milward R. (1994) Public and Private Ownership of British Industry, 1820–1990 (Oxford: Clarendon Press).CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. Freyer, T. (1992) Regulating Big Business: Antitrust in Great Britain and America, 1880 to 1990 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. Johnson, C. (1982) MITI and the Japanese Miracle: The Growth of Industrial Policy, 1925–1975 (Stanford, Cal.: Stanford University Press).Google Scholar
  7. Mercer, H. (1995) Constructing a Competitive Order. The Hidden History of British Anti-Trust Policies (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  8. Sklar, M.J. (1998) The Corporate Reconstruction of American Capitalism, 1890–1916 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).Google Scholar

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  • Simon Ville

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