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Corporate Governance and Firm OrganizationMicrofoundations and Structural Forms$
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Anna Grandori

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199269761

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199269761.001.0001

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The Worldwide Diffusion of Codes of Good Governance

The Worldwide Diffusion of Codes of Good Governance

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(p.318) 14 The Worldwide Diffusion of Codes of Good Governance
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Corporate Governance and Firm Organization
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Alvaro Cuervo-Cazurra

Ruth V. Aguilera (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199269761.003.0015

This chapter goes beyond the convergence/divergence dilemma by analysing change in CG practice in terms of the adoption of some codes of good governance rather than as the adoption of one particular model. It considers the speed of adoption of a code as a process of knowledge transfer across countries, driven by a mixture of effectiveness and legitimization reasons. The empirical study considers fifteen common-law countries and twenty civil-law countries, and finds that the development of a first code of CG was faster in countries with greater exposure to foreign investment (but not to foreign trade) and with a common law system.

Keywords:   convergence/divergence, diffusion processes, civil/common law, codes of good governance, knowledge transfers

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