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Theory and Practice of Corporate Governance: An Integrated Approach

Stephen Bloomfield (Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge)



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Cambridge University Press
28 February 2013
Corporate governance & responsibilities; Commercial law
Theory and Practice of Corporate Governance explains how the real world of corporate governance works. It offers new definitions of governance and new conceptual models for investigating governance and corporate behaviour, based on both practical experience and academic investigation. In examining the historical development of corporate governance, it integrates issues of company law, regulatory practice and company administration with contemporary corporate governance policies and structures. An extensive range of international examples, both recent and historical, is used to compare theoretical explanations of governance behaviour with practical outcomes. This book will be particularly suitable for students taking an ICSA-accredited course - giving a necessary critical view on governance, law and regulation - and will also be suitable for accountancy courses. Through utilising new conceptual models, it will stimulate debate among both theorists and practitioners looking to develop their expertise.
By:   Stephen Bloomfield (Anglia Ruskin University Cambridge)
Imprint:   Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 247mm,  Width: 174mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   860g
ISBN:   9781107612242
ISBN 10:   1107612241
Pages:   440
Publication Date:   28 February 2013
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Part I. The Discipline of Governance: 1. The landscape and definitions of governance: the major actors; 2. Inward-facing governance; 3. Outward-facing governance; Part II. The Relationship Between Law and Governance: 4. The protection of the laws; 5. Critical governance law; Part III. Governance and the Listed Company: 6. The development of governance - the Governance Codes; 7. The 2007-8 financial crises: the failure of systemic governance; 8. Systemic governance: the Turner Review, the Walker Review and the Vickers Commission; Part IV. Governance and Regulation: 9. The company and the stock market; 10. Non-shareholder regulation of companies; 11. Changes in regulatory structures - the PRA, the FCA and the ICB recommendations; 12. Failure - the abiding characteristic of regulation; 13. Accounting for profits: the root of information asymmetry; 14. Reward and performance; Part VI. Counter-Governance: Failures of Governance and Corporate Failure: 15. Counter-governance (1): theory; 16. Counter-governance (2): abuse of stakeholders; 17. Concluding remarks; Bibliography; Index.

Stephen Bloomfield leads the Corporate Governance Unit at Anglia Ruskin University. He is a Visiting Fellow in Corporate Governance at Kingston University and London South Bank University and prior to his academic career, he was a stockbroking analyst and then a director of a major venture capital fund. He has been a director of numerous venture capital funded companies and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.

Reviews for Theory and Practice of Corporate Governance: An Integrated Approach

'This critical and thought-provoking analysis of the theory and practice of corporate governance should be required reading for every board director, regulator, MBA student, as well as professionals. Indeed, it should perhaps be read by everyone who has an interest in why our current governance system seems, to many people, no longer fit for purpose and, as the author suggests, in need of a total rethink.' Nick Gould, Collyer Bristow LLP 'The current crisis, like so many crises before it, has shown what capitalism will do when the regulation of corporations only seeks to support market activities rather than to promote progressive social outcomes. The complicated regulatory system which has developed in response to the many crises unleashed (paradoxically) by the deregulation of corporate activities has made the subject of corporate governance one of immense breadth. This accessible book illustrates much of this breadth. Stephen Bloomfield argues that despite the many disciplines encompassed in this topic, it remains grounded in outdated models of the corporation. His call for a fundamental re-examination of corporate governance is one that must surely concern all scholars, policy makers and practitioners in this area.' Lorraine Talbot, Warwick University 'An intelligent examination of Britain's flawed system of corporate governance, equally rigorous in diagnosis and prescription.' Philip Augar, author of Reckless: The Rise and Fall of the City 'This book brings together major themes that have a distinct bearing on world capital markets and in academia. Contemporary issues are well discussed and explained in light of the impact and quality of corporate governance. Additionally, the themes covered have particular benefits for students of corporate governance and research. Various topics are identified and explained through theoretical and empirical examples. The theoretical perspectives, coupled with great thinkers of the modern age, are well presented.' Yousuf Khan, London South Bank University '... a very valuable and impressive work.' Nick Parmee, Editor, Executive Compensation Briefing

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