ERIC Number: ED295871
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Competitiveness and Campaign '88.
Kernan-Schloss, Adam, Ed.; And Others
This report profiles the positions of the six Democratic and six Republican 1988 presidential candidates on policy issues affecting U.S. competitiveness in the global economy. Candidate profiles are provided for: Bruce Babbitt, Michael Dukakis, Richard Gephardt, Albert Gore, Jr., Jesse Jackson, and Paul Simon (Democrats); and George Bush, Robert Dole, Pete DuPont, Alexander Haig, Jr., Jack Kemp, and Pat Robertson (Republicans). The issues include: (1) capital formation; (2) human resources; (3) international trade; and (4) science and technology. The presidential candidates defined the competitiveness issue as a series of interrelated concerns, each of which is sufficiently complex enough to require attention. The majority of the candidates have specific ideas and proposals for addressing the components of the problem. Common themes emerging from the candidates positions were: (1) the macro-economic and structural nature of the competitiveness problem; (2) the need to reduce the federal budget deficit; (3) the primacy of human resource development; (4) finding ways to improve the export performance of U.S. industry; (5) the notions of accountability and productivity; and (6) the need for expanding the federal government's role in certain areas. The need to resolve the federal budget deficit is the issue that dominates the campaign, with the improvement of public education and training of U.S. workers as a close second. Addendums include position statements by Jesse Jackson and Gary Hart. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council on Competitiveness, Washington, DC.