0820 Business-Government Relations

0820 Business-Government Relations

  • Study programme and level: University degree programme Public sector governance 1st Cycle
  • 2nd or 3rd year
  • 6 ECTS
  • Course type: Elective
  • Lectures: 30
  • Other forms of study: 90
  • Individual work: 60
  • Lecturer: Primož Pevcin, PhD

1. Objectives and competences


  • discovers the relations and mutual interdependence between business sector, administrative system and political institutions in modern »mixed type« economies
  • relates developmental and socio-economic impacts of government interventionism
  • illustrates main economic problems of modern societies, particularly related to governmental policy making
  • shows the effect of various international and supranational clubs on policy making
  • uses the knowledge to outline current socio-economic problems.


  • to critically evaluate public policies in the area of business sector,
  • to understand the effect of micro and macro elements in the functioning of administrative/governmental system,
  • to understand the functioning of government in policy formulation (related to business sector),
  • to summarise the perceived problems in practice related to functioning of the business sector,
  • to place in the context practical solutions for economic and governance related problems of modern societies.

2. Content

  • Contemporary business-government relations and interdependence.
  • Endogenous growth theory.
  • Socio-economic importance of government.
  • Governmental interventionism in the economy.
  • Agency problem.
  • Administrative output and administrative control.
  • Government and relations between political and administrative system, public policy formulation and implementation related to business sector and analysis of selected policy areas.
  • Economic cycles and variations in governmental interventionism in the economy.
  • Demographic and environmental changes and their impact on business-government relations.
  • Administrative imperfections in practice.
  • Problems of governance.
  • Existence of international and supranational clubs in the context of business-government relations.

3. Readings

  • ALLEN, W. Bruce idr. (2012). Managerial Economics: Theory, Application, and Cases. W.W. Norton, str. 656-727.
  • BESLEY, Timothy (2006). Principled Agents? The Political Economy of Good Government. Oxford University Press, Oxford. str. 1-173.
  • GROSSE, Robert (2005). International Business and Government Relations in 21st Century. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. str. 23-217.

4. Intended learning outcomes

Student understands the process of public policy formulation focused at business sector and the impact of those policies, is able to demonstrate the functions and importance of modern international clubs in policy formulation, and will know to illustrate economic problems and their effects on business-government relations at the end of a period of learning.

5. Learning and teaching methods

  • Lecture
  • Seminar paper
  • Group presentation
  • Case study
  • Project work
  • Individual tutorial

6. Assessment

  • Seminar work (40%)
  • Written and/or oral exam (60%)