Fair Shares: The Future of Shareholder Power and Responsibility

Hardcover | November 1, 1998

byJonathan Charkham, Anne Simpson

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This is a book about shareholders -- who they are, what they own, how their composition and character has changed, and with it their relationship with the companies they own. It is also a book about shareholder rights and responsibilities. In a clear and readable style the book explores the key current corporate governance issues -- company law and reporting, chief executive pay, regulatory and accountability requirements -- against the background of an ever-changing business environment: an environment in which private investors mayhave grown in number, but in which shareholders influence has dwindled as institutions have become the dominant shareholding group. Throughout the book the authors provide numerous examples and anecdotes illustrating the evolution of the joint stock company from the South Sea Company of the 18th century to the giants and cause celebres on the corporate stage in the 1980s and 1990s. Both authors are authoritative and informed commentators on issues of corporate governance with extensive management, policy and advocacy experience; their underlying concern is to show the importance of shareholder interest and involvement, which they strongly believe will remain in the bestinterests of the company and the wider society in the 21st century.

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This is a book about shareholders -- who they are, what they own, how their composition and character has changed, and with it their relationship with the companies they own. It is also a book about shareholder rights and responsibilities. In a clear and readable style the book explores the key current corporate governance issues -- ...

Jonathan Charkham was formerly adviser to the Governor of the Bank of England and is Visiting Professor at City University, London. He has served on many committees on corporate governance abroad and in the UK including the National Health Service (1993/4) and the Cadbury Committee. He is an Adviser to PIRC Ltd, a member of the Commit...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:284 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.79 inPublished:November 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198292147

ISBN - 13:9780198292142

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Table of Contents

Why a Book about Shareholders?1. The Purpose of the Company2. The Role of Shareholders3. The World of Regulation4. The Development of the Joint Stock Company5. The Role of the Directors6. The Legal Framework for Shareholder Rights and Powers7. The Role of Banks8. The Ownership of Companies9. Shares as a Home for Savings10. The Private Shareholder11. Narrower Share Ownership12. The Power Within Companies13. The Rise of the Institutions14. The Legal Obligations of Institutional Shareholders15. Traders or Owners?16. The Institutions: Combined Action17. Disclosure18. The International Dimension19. General Meetings20. Remuneration21. The Obligations of Significant Ownership22. Guarding the Guards23. A Programme of Reform

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`The authors explore key corporate governance issues against the background of an ever-changing business environment ... their underlying concern is to show the importance of shareholder interest and involvement which they strongly believe will remain in the best interests of the company andthe wider society in the 21st Century.'Busines Money, October 1999