The process of economic globalization, as product and capital markets integrate, places huge, and it is argued by some, irresistible pressures on the worlds 'insider' stakeholder oriented corporate governance systems. Insider corporate governance systems in countries such as Germany and Japan, so the argument goes, should converge or be transformed by global product and capital market pressures to the 'superior' shareholder oriented 'outsider' corporate governance model prevalent in the UK and the US. What these pressures from globalization are, how they manifest themselves and whether they are likely to cause such a convergence/transformation lies at the heart of the exploration in this volume. This book explores the contested theoretical context in which corporate governance convergence scholarship has occurred and the influence of shareholder oriented theories in framing the rules upon which the process of globalizing capital markets has been based. This book uses institutional analysis to identify corporate law, the financial system, the industrial relations system, and subsystems related to the government demand function, particularly competition and effective demand, as institutional sub-systems that are central to corporate governance outcomes. It then illustrates the coherence of both insider and outsider systems as workable combinations of complementary institutional sub-systems at the national level. It shows that economic globalization through increased product market competition, the globalization of production and the globalization of capital markets places significant pressures on key aspects of insider systems that could affect their institutional coherence. The book utilizes institutional theories of change that predict diversity of response to stimulus within corporate governance systems was likely, rather than uniformity of reaction. In doing so the authors dismiss convergence arguments of a neo-classical origin that predict a spontaneous outsider shareholder oriented order resulting from the forces of globalization. It assesses the impact of economic globalization on key corporate governance systems - UK, US, and Germany; demonstrates that institutional change and indeed fluidity of change has been an important feature of both the UK and the US corporate governance systems over time; and, considers the evidence of corporate governance convergence/transformation in Germany as a result of economic globalization and finds evidence of protective path dependent reactions in key areas and that while outsider shareholder oriented reforms have been introduced their effect may ironically have been to enhance managerial discretion. The book questions whether the process of economic globalization will continue to exert pressures on insider systems given the rise of trade protectionism and the collapse of global capital markets in 2008. It predicts that this may signal 'the end of globalization'. The Gobalization of Corporate Governance provides a timely analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the key corporate governance systems and the impact of economic globalization on them. As such it is a valuable resource for academics and policymakers.
, Michael Galanis
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Part I Theorizing Corporate Governance Change: Chapter 1 - Corporate governance convergence and corporate theory; Chapter 2 - Institutional analysis and corporate governance systems; Chapter 3 - Globalization and its impact on corporate governance systems; Chapter 4 - Theorizing the possibility of change in insider corporate governance systems: divergence or convergence.; Part II Observing Change and Transformation in the UK, US and Germany: Chapter 5 - The insider corporate governance systems in the UK and US: from colony to Cold War; Chapter 6 - The emergence of outsider corporate governance systems in the UK and US: from the end of the golden age to globalization; Chapter 7 - The traditional German corporate governance model; Chapter 8 - Economic globalization and the German insider corporate governance model; Chapter 9 - The end of globalization? Index.
Alan Dignam is based in the School of Law at the Queen Mary University of London, UK and Michael Galanis is based in the School of Law at the University of Leeds, UK.
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