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Origins of Shareholder Advocacy - Jonathan G. S. Koppell

Origins of Shareholder Advocacy

By: Jonathan G. S. Koppell (Editor)

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Executives lining their own pockets, corporate directors profiting from insider dealing, cozy arrangements between business and government being exploited to eliminate competition, and shareholders filing lawsuits in protest accused of masterminding a short-selling scheme all sound like another sordid chapter in the financial crises that has gripped the world for the last year and a half but it is, in fact, a 400 year-old story demonstrating that problems of corporate malfeasance are as old as the corporation itself. This volume deals with issues of widespread interest to corporate governance scholars, practitioners and policymakers, including: the origins of investor rights in different markets (with attention to the causes and consequences of significant episodes in the history of shareholder activism), the political, legal and economic conditions that determine levels of shareholder participation, and the implications of variation in investor rights, including the connection between protection of investors and the development of capital markets. It's historical and global approach is unique in the study of shareholder participation. The articles address governance from the medieval to early industrial eras and consider markets as varied as the Netherlands, Venice, the United States and China.

"This interesting collection of essays provides stimulating linkage from the origins of shareholding in the Dutch East India company over 400 years ago to the controversies in our era over executive pay, shareholder rights, and the workings of corporate governance. The chapters enlighten us about past , present and where to go in the future." - Peter Gourevitch, Professor, School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, University of California, San Diego, and co-author of Political Power and Corporate Control



"This is a fascinating collection of papers on the early evolution of the corporation and shareholder advocacy. The carefully researched descriptions of the introduction of corporate governance in different parts of the world appreciably extend our understanding of the evolution of the corporation and provide important insights into modern corporate governance debates." - Professor Colin Mayer, Peter Moores Dean, Said Business School, University of Oxford

List of Figuresp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
List of Contributorsp. xiii
Shareholder Advocacy and the Development of the Corporation: The Timeless Dilemmas of an Age-old Solutionp. 1
The Dutch East India Company and the Shareholder as Aggrieved Party
An Admiralty for Asia: Business Organization and the Evolution of Corporate Governance in the Dutch Republic, 1590-1640p. 29
Shareholder Activists Avant la Lettre: The ôComplaining Participantsö in die Dutch East India Company, 1622-1625p. 61
The Great Expropriation: Interpreting the Innovation of ôPermanent Capitalö at the Dutch East India Companyp. 89
Overcoming the Agency Challenge of Early Global Trade
Litigation Plus Regulation: The Protection of Investor Rights in Late-Medieval Venicep. 101
Shareholder Activism in the Virginia Company of London, 1606-1624p. 123
Shareholders' Rights in the Early Italian Companies: Agency Problems and Legal Strategiesp. 145
Compagnie des Indes: Governance and Bailoutp. 169
The Rise and Fall of the Rishengchang Bank Model: Limiting Shareholder Influence to Attract Capitalp. 187
Shareholder Rights and the Growth of Industrial Economies
A Shareholder Lawsuit in Fourteenth-Century Toulousep. 215
Corporate Governance and Stockholder/Stakeholder Activism in the United States, 1790-1860: New Data and Perspectivesp. 231
Origins of ôOffensiveö Shareholder Activism in the United Statesp. 253
Contemporary Issues in Shareholder Advocacyp. 277
Indexp. 287
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ISBN: 9780230107328
ISBN-10: 023010732X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 292
Published: 12th January 2011
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 12.07  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1