Discuss labor unions and their current status in American society



1. The text categorizes the United States and Great Britain as “liberal market economies”. It categorizes Germany and Japan as “coordinated market economies.” What do those two categories mean? What are the features of the different groups of nations that have categorized them differently? This categorization was made before 2010. Would the categorizations be accurate today? Why/why not. Be sure to consider the distribution of political power at the federal level in the US when giving your answer.

2. Discuss labor unions. What is their current status in American society? How does their current status reflect the prevailing social compact? How do you account for any changes in the status of unions? Is the current mood regarding unions explicable or, inexplicable, given what you know about government and politics in the United States?

3. In the section “Business Associations: A Comparative Perspective”, three categories are identified, individualist, associational, corporatist. Identify a country that would fit in each category and explain your choices. Which would you suggest would make the make sense for the US given its politics, economy and society? Explain. Can it be instituted? Why/why not?

4. It is said that authority in the United States is dispersed and fragmented. What is meant by that statement? Would you say that this fact redounds to the advantage or, disadvantage for US business in trying to affect policy outcomes? In your answer cite a policy problem affecting business to illustrate your point. Explain.