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From the Publisher"The phenomenon that lies at the heart of this book - which Stephen Bainbridge describes as 'director primacy' - is both real and important. Directors now exercise control over most corporations in a way that directors did not just a few decades ago, and while this director-centered governance structure has been embedded in corporation statutes from the advent of general corporation laws in the 1800s, prior to the 1970s most corporations in the United States combined imperial managers with compliant boards of directors. Bainbridge tells the back story on this 'transformation of corporate governance from managerialism to director primacy,' which is an important aspect of his theory because it supports the view that corporate law has evolved to an efficient state. He offers an updated and comprehensive statement of his theory that will become one of the touchstones of corporate governance debates for many years."
D. Gordon Smith
Glen L. Farr Professor of Law, Brigham Young University
"Stephen M. Bainbridge's book is a welcome and timely clarification of the truly important issues in the current debate over the governance structure of American corporations. Bainbridge marshals historical, theoretical and practical reasons to explain why the central role in corporate governance has always been assigned to the board of directors and should continue to be. In doing so, Bainbridge demonstrates the weaknesses in the claims of a small group of institutional investors (mainly state pension funds and labor unions) for a larger role in the management of American businesses. While Bainbridge's arguments are sophisticated, his presentation is straight-forward and easy to follow. This is an important book that should command the attention of anyone interested in corporate governance, whether specialist or layperson."
Michael P. Dooley
William S. Potter Professor of Law, University of Virginia