Political Power and Corporate Control: The New Global Politics of Corporate Governance / Edition 1

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Overview

"Corporate governance has become front page news in the United States and Europe with the collapse of companies such as Enron, WorldCom, and Parmalat. Once the sleepy preserve of corporate lawyers and accountants, the way corporations are run is increasingly the subject of government intervention and public scrutiny. In this book, Peter Gourevitch and James Shinn take a major step beyond standard accounts by explaining how politics shapes corporate governance - how managers, shareholders, and workers jockey for advantage in setting the rules by which companies are run, and for whom they are run. They combine a clear theoretical model on this political interaction, with statistical evidence from thirty-nine countries of Europe, Asia, Africa, and North and South America - collectively 99.5% of the global stock market by value - and with detailed narratives of specific country cases." Political Power and Corporate Control differs sharply from most treatments by explaining differences among countries in terms of the interaction of economic preferences and political institutions. It explores in particular the crucial role of interest groups, pension plans, and financial intermediaries in shaping political preferences for different rules about minority shareholder practice and other variables that influence ownership concentration.
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Editorial Reviews

Foreign Affairs
The limited liability corporation, invented 400 years ago, has proved to be remarkably successful at organizing resources for production and distribution and for making investments that take years to mature. Around the world, the corporation takes a bewildering variety of forms in terms of its ownership and governance, and this book attempts to explain and interpret this variety — in regard to the preferences of owners, managers, and employees; the political systems that translate those preferences into laws and regulations; the weight that different stakeholders carry in different political systems; and the coalitions that form among stakeholders. Gourevitch and Shinn conduct comparative analysis at its best, introducing cross-country quantitative analysis where that is possible and appropriate, but also offering analytical narratives on corporate governance, its likely origins, and the political and legal structures that support it in 13 countries (mostly in Asia and Europe, but also including Chile and the United States). They combine superb conceptual clarity with informative detail.
Choice
A comprehensive examination of corporate governance.
The Corporate Library
This is an exceptionally important book, meticulously researched and persuasively argued. It puts today's most pressing questions of corporate credibility and accountability in context, both historical and global. It is filled with information and insights of vital importance to anyone in the corporate world.
— Nell Minow
The Corporate Library - Nell Minow
This is an exceptionally important book, meticulously researched and persuasively argued. It puts today's most pressing questions of corporate credibility and accountability in context, both historical and global. It is filled with information and insights of vital importance to anyone in the corporate world.
" Foreign Affairs hard N. Cooper

Gourevitch and Shinn conduct comparative analysis at its best, introducing cross-country quantitative analysis where that is possible and appropriate, but also offering analytical narratives on corporate governance, its likely origins, and the political and legal structures that support it in thirteen countries (mostly in Asia and Europe, but also including Chile and the United States). They combine superb conceptual clarity with informative detail.
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"This is an exceptionally important book, meticulously researched and persuasively argued. It puts today's most pressing questions of corporate credibility and accountability in context, both historical and global. It is filled with information and insights of vital importance to anyone in the corporate world."--Nell Minow, The Corporate Library

"Gourevitch and Shinn conduct comparative analysis at its best, introducing cross-country quantitative analysis where that is possible and appropriate, but also offering analytical narratives on corporate governance, its likely origins, and the political and legal structures that support it in thirteen countries (mostly in Asia and Europe, but also including Chile and the United States). They combine superb conceptual clarity with informative detail."--Richard N. Cooper, Foreign Affairs

"A comprehensive examination of corporate governance."--Choice

Foreign Affairs
Gourevitch and Shinn conduct comparative analysis at its best, introducing cross-country quantitative analysis where that is possible and appropriate, but also offering analytical narratives on corporate governance, its likely origins, and the political and legal structures that support it in thirteen countries (mostly in Asia and Europe, but also including Chile and the United States). They combine superb conceptual clarity with informative detail.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691122915
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 8/15/2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter A. Gourevitch is Professor of Political Science and founding Dean at the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, University of California, San Diego. He is the author of "Politics in Hard Times: Comparative Responses to International Economic Crises" and former coeditor of "International Organization". James Shinn Visiting Professor at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, where he teaches courses on technology and foreign policy. Previously he worked in the U.S. State Department's East Asia Bureau and was later a general manager, entrepreneur, and outside director for fifteen years in the high tech industry at various firms including Dialogic, which he cofounded.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction and summary argument 1
Ch. 2 Governance patterns : what causes what? 15
Ch. 3 Framing incentives : the economics and law tradition 27
Ch. 4 Politics : preferences and institutions 57
Ch. 5 Preference cleavages 1 : class conflict 95
Ch. 6 Preference cleavages 2 : sectoral conflict 149
Ch. 7 Preference cleavages 3 : transparency, voice, and pensions 205
Ch. 8 Conclusion : going forward 277
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