Business and Government

Subject POLS90015 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2-hour seminar per week. If enrolments exceed 30, the 2nd hour of the seminar may be split into 2 or 3 small classes.
Total Time Commitment: 10
Prerequisites: Admission to the Master of Public Policy and Management, or Postgraduate Diploma/Certificate or Honours in Public Policy and Management or Political Science.
Corequisites: none
Recommended Background Knowledge: Politics and International Studies at Undergraduate level
Non Allowed Subjects: none
Core Participation Requirements:

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Prof Brian Galligan


Prof. Brian Galligan

Subject Overview:

The respective roles and interactions between business and government are crucial for the political economy of a country. Because of its productive function, business enjoys a privileged position with government, while a major part of government is concerned with the monitoring and managing of business. The structure and role of both have been changing rapidly in recent times, as have the conceptual tools for understanding them. This subject critically reviews contemporary writing and developments and uses case examples to familiarise students with theoretical, normative and practical issues for both sides of this important relationship. On completion of the subject, students should have an understanding of the character and inter-relationship of business and government in contemporary society including: changing private and public sector boundaries. the re-configuration of the mixed economy. the neo-liberal paradigm and its critics. the impact on business of the socio-political environment. the role of interest groups in public policy. changing expectations of corporate governance. the role of business advocacy. government regulation of business. alternatives of self regulation and co-regulation. the effects of globalisation. and the growth of the transnational corporations.

  • have an advanced understanding of the character of inter-relationship of business and government in contemporary society.
  • have developed skills in research and analysis in select topics in the field.
  • facility for applied research in contemporary issues in the field.
  • have detailed knowledge of the way business interacts with government and government manages business relations.
Assessment: A review essay of 750 words (15%) due early in semester, a research paper of 3000 words (60%) due in the examination period, and a group project equivalent to 1250 words (25%) due in the examination period.
Prescribed Texts:

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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:
  • be able to apply research skills and critical methods to a field of inquiry.
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Public Policy and Management(Honours)
Master of Environment
Master of Environment
Master of Public Policy and Management (Coursework)
Postgraduate Certificate in Environment
Postgraduate Diploma in Environment
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Governance, Policy and Communication
Political Science
Political Science
Public Policy and Management
Public Policy and Management

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