Integrating approaches from political science, the study of business, and economics into a unified whole, Government, Business, and the American Economy, Second Edition, explores the many ways in which governments and the business world are interconnected. Topical coverage focuses on the role of government in the American economy; government and antitrust laws; social regulation of business; and the deregulation of U.S. transportation, financial, and communications institutions. On the global scene, international trade is emphasized along with economic development in less developed countries and terrorism and security. In addition, the authors carefully examine the important decisions rendered by the Supreme Court in this field, as well as relevant statutes passed by Congress and presidential actions that have directly impacted business. In addition to encompassing the major areas in which governments and businesses are involved with each other, the text explores the nature of the relationship and the extent to which each entity needs the other in order to survive.