Lesson 4 - What Are the Economic Functions of Government?

The teacher introduces six economic functions of government in a brief lecture. In a guided practice activity, the students classify newspaper headlines according to the six functions. A brief reading introduces "liberal" and "conservative" views of the proper scope of government economic activity. The lesson concludes with students working in groups to develop liberal and conservative arguments about one of the newspaper headlines.

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