Chapter 1 business and government: the politics of mutual. Businesses of all sizes depend on governments for more or less stable sets of rules that are necessary for them to carry on successfully. Protects against threats or for a hand out in competing with others. Governments depend on business investment for economic activity and growth. Politicians need financial support from businesses to win and hold public office. Governments also have their own interests perpetuate themselves and define policy goals: can conflict with business interests. Neither business or government can be considered unitary actors. Reinforced by the realities of regionalism and federalism. Political ideas and the role of government in the economy. Public expectations of governments" role in the economy may be shaped by normative factors societal concepts of the public good to be fostered or social evils to be corrected. Economic prosperity and its equitable distribution within society have become major factors in voters" evaluation of governments.