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Corporate Governance, Competition, and Political PartiesExplaining Corporate Governance Change in Europe$
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Roger M. Barker

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199576814

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199576814.001.0001

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Alternative Explanations of Corporate Governance: A Critique of the Literature

Alternative Explanations of Corporate Governance: A Critique of the Literature

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(p.67) 3 Alternative Explanations of Corporate Governance: A Critique of the Literature
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Corporate Governance, Competition, and Political Parties
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Roger M. Barker

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199576814.003.0003

The proposed hypothesis of European corporate governance change is contrasted with existing explanations of corporate governance from a range of academic disciplines. It is argued that, although the hypothesis advanced in the book is based on the rational behavior of social actors, it is not assumed that corporate governance outcomes will necessarily converge on the most “efficient” outcome (e.g., in terms of minimizing the cost of capital for the firm). Nor is it assumed that there is a necessary equality between de jure and de facto corporate governance outcomes (as argued by many legal scholars).

Keywords:   European corporate governance, economic theory of the firm, legal origin, political science, economic sociology

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