DUBLIN, Ireland–LAWFUEL – Corporation & Company Law News –Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/c49245) has announced the addition of “The Constitutional Corporation” to their offering.
Corporate laws are based on the idea that the interests of shareholders should be the primary concern of company directors. However, some argue that the proper role for shareholders is to sit back and let the corporation’s managers do their job, or that the pursuit of shareholders interests detracts from the concerns of employees or victims of corporate wrongdoing or other stakeholders.
Stephen Bottomley argues that instead of consigning shareholders to this passive role, they should be given opportunities to be active members of corporations. Corporations are constitutional arrangements rather than mere contractual agreements. They are decision-making organizations in which questions of process and structure are important. Thus, instead of using economic criteria such as efficiency as the sole measure for deciding what constitutes good corporate governance, this book examines whether ideas of accountability, deliberation and contestability provide a valuable framework for assessing corporate structures and process and for encouraging greater shareholder participation.
A tightly argued riposte to law and economics discourse gives us a sound and satisfying analysis of the relevance of values and ideas in public political life which are of vital importance to corporate decision making. This is a most valuable and comprehensive response to economic contractualism providing a new normative framework to continue the international debate on corporate governance. — Professor Janet Dine, Director, Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary College, University of London, UK
Drawing upon political theory as a counterweight to the dominant economic perspective, Stephen Bottomley develops a coherent framework of values and principles against which corporate structures and processes may be tested. The book is also a major contribution to one of the principal challenges facing corporate law the promotion of collective and other regarding considerations in corporate decision making. — Professor Paul Redmond, University of Technology, Australia
About the Author/Editor
Stephen Bottomley is Professor of Commercial Law and Head of School in the Law School at the Australian National University, Australia. He has published in the areas of corporate governance, corporate theory, corporate regulation and government-owned enterprises.
Corporations and shareholders
From contract to constitution
Corporate decisions and deliberation
Contesting corporate decisions
The prospects for corporate constitutionalism
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