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Competition, Monopoly and Corporate Governance

Essays in Honour of Keith Cowling Edited by Michael Waterson, Professor of Economics, University of Warwick, UK
Competition, Monopoly and Corporate Governance covers three broad themes, each associated with a particular strand of Keith Cowling’s own writings in industrial economics and each represented by four specially commissioned papers.
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Publication Date: 2003
ISBN: 978 1 84376 089 4
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Competition Policy
  • Corporate Governance
  • Industrial Economics
Competition, Monopoly and Corporate Governance covers three broad themes, each associated with a particular strand of Keith Cowling’s own writings in industrial economics and each represented by four specially commissioned papers.

Providing a critical perspective on many current issues in industrial economics the themes are as follows: internationalisation, trans-nationalism and technical change; monopoly, oligopoly and social welfare; and corporate governance, mergers and the evolution of industrial structure. These chapters provide a challenge to much of the prevailing orthodoxy. There is also an appreciation of Keith Cowling’s long association with the University of Warwick, spanning more than 30 years. A distinguished series of authors have contributed to the book, including several of Europe’s best-known industrial economists.

Academics, economists and political scientists in the area of industrial economics will find this volume invaluable.
‘Keith Cowling, as a teacher and researcher has, for more than a generation, inspired industrial economists to examine and question the workings of the market economy. This remarkable volume reflects the breadth and significance of Professor Cowling’s influence. The papers, by a distinguished cast of colleagues and former students, provide an excellent overview of the current state of play in related areas including: market structure, corporate power and governance, technical change, and social welfare. Anyone interested in these issues will find both stimulation and inspiration from these papers. I certainly enjoyed reading them. Despite potential complexities the style is always lively and accessible. All in all, this is a fitting tribute to a key figure in the economics of industrial organisation.’
– John Cubbin, City University London, UK

‘I very much enjoyed reading this collection of papers. First and foremost, they do justice to Keith Cowling – to his inspirational teaching and innovative research career. Second, a number of the papers are of genuine interest in their own right. Keith’s (albeit indirect) influence is evident throughout, and Mike Waterson should be congratulated in putting together such a valuable volume.’
– Stephen Davies, University of East Anglia, UK

‘For more than three decades, Keith Cowling has been making substantial contributions to industrial economics, and to the development of industrial policy and strategy. These essays in his honour encompass the main themes of his work dealing with issues ranging over mergers and acquisitions, technical change, welfare implications of oligopoly, corporate governance and others. This volume provides a set of interesting papers which are a fine tribute to the contributions of Keith Cowling.’
– Malcolm Sawyer, University of Leeds, UK
Contributors: J. Cable, A. Canepa, D. Coffey, M.J. Conyon, P.A. Geroski, S. Girma, T. Hazledine, D. Leech, M. Mazzucato, C. Morris, D.C. Mueller, R.A. Naylor, M. Shattock, P. Stoneman, R. Sugden, S. Thompson, P.R. Tomlinson, M. Waterson, P.W. Wright
Contents: Introduction Part I: Internationalisation, Trans-nationalism and Technical Change 1. Coordination and Hierarchy in the Japanese Firm: The Strategic Decision-making Approach vs. Aoki 2. Multinationals and Labour: Evidence from the International Acquisition of UK Firms 3. Financial Constraints on Innovation: A European Cross-Country Study 4. Internationalism and Economic Development: Transnational Corporations, Small Firm Networking and Universities Part II: Monopoly, Oligopoly and Social Welfare 5. ‘Price–Cost Margins and Market Structure’ Revisited 6. Labour Supply, Efficient Bargains and Countervailing Power 7. Market Share Instability and the Competitive Process 8. Oligopoly and Rent-seeking: Cowling and Mueller Revisited Part III: Corporate Governance, Mergers and the Evolution of Industrial Structure 9. The Finance Literature on Mergers: A Critical Survey 10. Incentives to Corporate Governance Activism 11. Perspectives on the Governance of Executive Compensation 12. Advertising and the Evolution of Market Structure in the US Car Industry 13. Keith Cowling and Warwick: The Contribution to the University 14. Keith Cowling’s Academic Publications Index