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POLS 3470 Study Guide - John Warrack, New Public Management, Voluntary Sector


Department
Political Science
Course Code
POLS 3470
Professor
Tim Mau

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POLS 3470 Take Home Exam
Sydney Kerslake - 0758408
Prof. Timothy Mau
December 5, 2013
1. Initially, the statement offers a very progressive tone and opinion; the role
of business in the state is a remarkably subjective topic. To many the role of the
business is to stabilize the economy and also to progress it, however as we have
learned over the course of the term, the government also plays a key role in this
theory. According to Taylor, Warrack and Baetz, “there are two ingredients for
success (i) a vibrant progressive business community is vital to Canada’s
success; an (ii) a positive synergy between business and government is needed
for Canada to be all that it can be in the future.”1 Currently, Canada’s people
suffer due to the lack of a strong and consistent partnership between business
and government, the two entities struggle to define a set list of goals and policies
that is functional for both parties.
I agree with the statement for the state to be more pro-market than pro-
business for a number of reasons; firstly the state and business need to have the
same goal: to provide a functioning economic policy to ensure the prosperity of
the country that goes beyond creating wealth for the country’s middle and upper
class recipients. A strengthened relationship between these two entities would
create the possibility for a strong and unified nation with a functioning fiscal
possibility.
1 Wayne D. Taylor, Allan A. Warrack and Mark C. Baetz, Business and Government in Canada:
Partners for the Future (Toronto: Pearson Education Canada, 1998), 236.

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“Although business in Canada does not want government on its back, it
does need government by its side”.2 This is not a one sided argument, both
business and government are at fault here; business is typically blamed more
than anyone else. The corruption within government is not easily spotted due to
the closed off behaviour of parliament and the inability to obtain certain
documents. Corruption in the business sector however is splashed all over the
news sources available, the Internet sources and even in this day social media
websites. Business and government have recently begun to function in a similar
fashion, we as a nation do not want to fall down the pothole of Americanization in
which business and government have a very antagonistic and untrustworthy
relationship of each other and where government bends to the demands of major
shareholders who control the country’s wealth as opposed to the public who aids
in its manufacture.
“The prime requisite for success is political will. The will to work with
business, to induce business to do what Canada needs it to do, and to do so in
an environmentally sustainable manner. Economic issues need to be recoupled
with socio-political issues.”3 The role of the state is to be a partner or a helping
hand to business to aid or ensure its success; the continuous political struggles
that the two entities face are merely road blockades. The state cannot be
controlled by business, however it does need to be flexible to its demands and
needs; the public does not see a problem between business and government at
the present time however the two organisms recognize a conflict between the
2 Wayne D. Taylor, Allan A. Warrack and Mark C. Baetz, Business and Government in Canada:
Partners for the Future (Toronto: Pearson Education Canada, 1998), 238.
3 Ibid.

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two. The issue was raised the chapter that Canada was over governed, having
governments at the federal level, 3 territorial governments and 10 provincial and
a countless number of municipal governments. At the current time, there are too
many barriers for business to cross, countless legislative requisites and policy
rules for business to follow to ensure the safety of Canada’s economy but not the
success of it.
A reformation of Canadian government is called for, as discussed in class
as well as by Taylor, Warrack and Baetz, it would be better suited for the public to
go back to the pre-WWII era in which the state offered itself as a
“nightwatchman”. Other than offering social security as well as national security,
the state and business remained two very separate beings operating in two very
different industries. On the business side of things, “business must recognize
change, plan for it, and be willing and able to cover its costs”, in which with the
reformation of government comes the reformation of the business sector.4 Each
sector offers its own contributions to the Canadian public as a whole, however
collaborating into a functional family of sorts would be more efficient for both
parties involved as well as the public.
4. The public sector and private sector have had one of the most complex
relationships to date and as of now are a partnership but an uneasy at best. The
4 Wayne D. Taylor, Allan A. Warrack and Mark C. Baetz, Business and Government in Canada:
Partners for the Future (Toronto: Pearson Education Canada, 1998), 240.
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