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Corporate Governance: Political and Legal Perspectives

Edited by Mark J. Roe, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School, US
This insightful volume explores the issue of why some nations have deep securities markets while others do not, and investigates the new hope that securities markets could be the road to wealth and not just the result of it. This collection of key articles, together with the editor’s comprehensive introduction, examines the recently emergent theories in the field.
Extent: 232 pp
Hardback Price: $141.00 Web: $126.90
Publication Date: 2006
ISBN: 978 1 84542 113 7
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  • Business and Management
  • Corporate Governance
  • Economics and Finance
  • Corporate Governance
The capitalist economies of the developed world fall loosely into two highly divergent camps: one in which securities markets are robust and the ownership of large firms is broadly dispersed; the other in which securities markets are weak and ownership is highly concentrated. There is now a lively debate about the role of law in producing these diverse patterns. This volume brings together the foundational contributions to that debate, edited and introduced by one of the key participants. They are a must read for anyone who wishes to understand the relationship between law and the economic structure of modern societies.’
– Henry Hansmann, Yale Law School, US

‘Mark Roe, one of the world’s leading corporate law scholars, here presents a collection of first rate work (including his own) that addresses the deepest puzzle in comparative corporate governance: why is it that stock ownership patterns differ so significantly across countries, even where the stage of economic development is comparable? This volume will be of genuine value to scholars and students interested in comparative political economy as well as corporate law.’
– Jeffrey N. Gordon, Columbia Law School, US

This insightful volume explores the issue of why some nations have deep securities markets while others do not, and investigates the new hope that securities markets could be the road to wealth and not just the result of it. This collection of key articles, together with the editor’s comprehensive introduction, examines the recently emergent theories in the field.
‘This would be a good addition to an academic law library where corporate governance is a research interest among the faculty.’
– Ramona Martinez, Legal Information Alert

‘This collection is an important one for anyone attempting to understand the fragility of capital markets in the developing world, and more controversially the continued presence of dominant shareholders and fragile securities markets in some of the world’s most advanced nations.’
– Manifest
6 articles, dating from 1998 to 2004
Contributors include: H. Hansmann, R. Kraakman, R. La Porta, F. Lopez-de-Silanes, P. Mahoney, R. Rajan, A. Shleifer, R.Vishny, L. Zingales
Contents:
Acknowledgements
Introduction Political vs. Corporate Institutions as Explaining Western Securities Markets? Mark J. Roe
1. Mark J. Roe (2003), Political Determinants of Corporate Governance: Political Context, Corporate Impact
2. Rafael La Porta, Florencio Lopez-de-Silanes, Andrei Shleifer and Robert W. Vishny (1998), ‘Law and Finance’
3. Raghuram G. Rajan and Luigi Zingales (2003), ‘The Great Reversals: The Politics of Financial Development in the Twentieth Century’
4. Paul G. Mahoney (2001), ‘The Common Law and Economic Growth: Hayek Might Be Right’
5. Henry Hansmann and Reinier Kraakman (2001), ‘The End of History for Corporate Law’
6. Mark J. Roe (2004), ‘Explaining Western Securities Markets’
Name Index