Corporate Governance in the Common-Law World by Christopher M. Bruner
The Political Foundations of Shareholder Power

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The corporate governance systems of Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States are often characterized as a single 'Anglo-American' system prioritizing shareholders' interests over those of other corporate stakeholders. Such generalizations, however, obscure substantial differences across the common-law world. Contrary to popular belief, shareholders in the United Kingdom and jurisdictions following its lead are far more powerful and central to the aims of the corporation than are shareholders in the United States. This book presents a new comparative theory to explain this divergence and explores the theory's ramifications for law and public policy. Bruner argues that regulatory structures affecting other stakeholders' interests – notably differing degrees of social welfare protection for employees – have decisively impacted the degree of political opposition to shareholder-centric policies across the common-law world. These dynamics remain powerful forces today, and understanding them will be vital as post-crisis reforms continue to take shape.

About Christopher M. Bruner

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Christopher M. Bruner is an Associate Professor at the Washington and Lee University School of Law. His teaching and scholarship focus on corporate law and securities regulation, including international and comparative dimensions of these subjects. Bruner's articles have appeared in a variety of law and policy journals. His comparative study of corporate governance in the United Kingdom and the United States, Power and Purpose in the 'Anglo-American' Corporation, won the 2010 Association of American Law Schools Scholarly Papers competition.
Published April 30, 2013 by Cambridge University Press. 317 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Education & Reference, Law & Philosophy, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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