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Describe The Roles of Government In The Present Business Environment

In the present business environment governments have the power to change

and make laws, having a major role and influence on the business environment.

There are three levels of government; federal, state and local.

The federal government has power over such areas as; company law, income

tax, trade etc. State government has power over pollution, price controls, state

courts etc. and local government has power over rates, building approvals and

zoning. Through zoning the local government can decide where businesses are

located, or how many similar businesses should be built in a particular area.

The power of the government can have direct or indirect influences on the

business environment, encouraging or forcing businesses to comply. The federal

government has the greatest effect over the macroeconomic business environment

through the making of policies. The government has a number of economic

objectives. They aim to have consistent economic growth, low rates of inflation,

a sound international trading situation and low unemployment. To meet these

objectives the government must place policies such as fiscal, monetary, trade

and income policies.

Fiscal policy is the deliberate action of the government to change its

levels of income and expenditure, through the annual budget. By budgeting for a

deficit or surplus, the government will contract or expand the economy. e.g If

the government needed to cut unemployment they would budget for a deficit so

more money is injected and less money is taken from the economy by less taxes

and higher expenditure raising employment.

Monetary policy can



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