Government and the Economy: An Encyclopedia

Government and the Economy: An Encyclopedia


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In this non-biased, politically neutral compendium, the authors trace the evolution of the U.S. government's role in the economy, including the history, ideas, key players, and court rulings that influenced its involvement.

Today's economic environment is in constant flux, as is the participation of governments in it. Local, state, national, and global governmental agencies have taken on new responsibilities—with both positive and negative economic consequences. This book looks at the changing role of American government in the economy, from determining the measurements of economic health, to being mindful of corporate sustainability, to legislating business practices and consumer affairs.

This comprehensive collection of essays draws from the contributions of 25 economic scholars along with seasoned educators David A. Dieterle and Kathleen C. Simmons to examine economic systems and the factors that influence them. The work includes summaries of important Supreme Court cases that have impacted America's economic infrastructure, biographies of famous economists, and descriptions of the seven key economic systems—command (socialism), democratic socialism, fascism, market (capitalism), state capitalism, transitional, and welfare state.

  • Utilizes helpful Topic Finders to help students study specialized entry categories
  • Provides a summary of an individual's or topic's highlights through informative sidebars
  • Includes almost 50 maps, graphs, and photos to visually supplement the content
  • Features a glossary to explain and clarify unfamiliar terms
  • Discusses the impact of pivotal Supreme Court cases on the U.S. economic system

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440829031
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/14/2014
Pages: 552
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

David A. Dieterle, PhD, is professor and lecturer of economics at Walsh College, Troy, MI, and the University of Michigan-Flint.

Kathleen C. Simmons is adjunct instructor of political science at San Antonio College and St. Phillips College.

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