• Graham K. Wilson


The relationship between business and government has emerged as one of the central issues of contemporary politics. The questions raised by political scientists, commentators and citizens about this relationship vary considerably, however. For some people, the question is whether the relationship between business and government is such that basic economic objectives are likely to be achieved. This raises at its simplest questions about the government’s record. Is unemployment higher or lower than when the government came to power? Are real incomes increasing or falling? Are prices steady or increasing?


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