A History of Corporate Governance around the World: Family Business Groups to Professional Managers

Paperback | September 15, 2007

EditorRandall K. Morck

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For many Americans, capitalism is a dynamic engine of prosperity that rewards the bold, the daring, and the hardworking. But to many outside the United States, capitalism seems like an initiative that serves only to concentrate power and wealth in the hands of a few hereditary oligarchies. In A History of Corporate Governance around the World, some of the brightest minds in the field of economics present new empirical research that suggests that each side of the debate has something to offer the other.

The contributors argue that free enterprise and well-developed financial systems are proven to produce growth in those countries that have them. But their research also suggests that in some other capitalist countries, arrangements truly do concentrate corporate ownership in the hands of a few wealthy families.

A History of Corporate Governance around the World
provides historical studies of the patterns of corporate governance in several economies—including the large industrial economies of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States; larger developing economies like China and India; and alternative models like those of the Netherlands and Sweden.

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For many Americans, capitalism is a dynamic engine of prosperity that rewards the bold, the daring, and the hardworking. But to many outside the United States, capitalism seems like an initiative that serves only to concentrate power and wealth in the hands of a few hereditary oligarchies. In A History of Corporate Governance around th...

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Americans and citizens of other countries sometimes find each other’s conception of capitalism incomprehensible. For many Americans, capitalism is a dynamic engine of prosperity that rewards the bold, the daring, and the hardworking. But to many outside the United States, capitalism seems like an initiative that serves only to concentr...

Randall K. Morck is the Stephen A. Jarislowsky Distinguished Chair in Finance at the University of Alberta and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is the editor of Concentrated Corporate Ownership, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:680 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.7 inPublished:September 15, 2007Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0226536815

ISBN - 13:9780226536811

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Table of Contents

Preface
The Global History of Corporate Governance: An Introduction
Randall K. Morck and Lloyd Steier
 
1. The Rise and Fall of the Widely Held Firm: A History of Corporate Ownership in Canada
Randall K. Morck, Michael Percy, Gloria Y. Tian, and Bernard Yeung
Comment: Jordan Siegel
 
2. The History of Corporate Ownership in China: State Patronage, Company Legislation, and the Issue of Control
William Goetzmann and Elisabeth Köll
Comment: Dwight H. Perkins
 
3. Corporate Ownership in France: The Importance of History
Antoin E. Murphy
Comment: Daniel Raff
 
4. The History of Corporate Ownership and Control in Germany
Caroline Fohlin
Comment: Alexander Dyck
 
5. The Evolution of Concentrated Ownership in India: Broad Patterns and a History of the Indian Software Industry
Tarun Khanna and Krishna G. Palepu
Comment: Ashoka Mody
 
6. The History of Corporate Ownership in Italy
Alexander Aganin and Paolo Volpin
Comment: Daniel Wolfenzon
 
7. A Frog in a Well Knows Nothing of the Ocean: A History of Corporate Ownership in Japan
Randall K. Morck and Masao Nakamura
Comment: Sheldon Garon
 
8. Financing and Control in the Netherlands: A Historical Perspective
Abe de Jong and Alisa Röell
Comment: Peter Högfeldt
 
9. The History and Politics of Corporate Ownership in Sweden
Peter Högfeldt
Comment: Ailsa Röell
 
10. Spending Less Time with the Family: The Decline of Family Ownership in the United Kingdom
Julian Franks, Colin Mayer, and Stefano Rossi
Comment: Barry Eichengreen
 
11. Why Has There Been So Little Block Holding in America?
Marco Becht and J. Bradford DeLong
Comment: Richard Sylla
 
Contributors
Author Index
Subject Index