Theoretical writing on the company and company law has been dominated in recent years by economics. This collection of essays by a distinguished team of authors drawn from a variety of disciplines seeks to build on the insights of this economic analysis and broaden understanding by examining the company in a wider historical,legal, political, and sociological context. Issues discussed include the attitudes of political parties in the UK to the company, the rise of the non-executive director, institutional activism and stakeholder protection, and the evolution of the nexus of contracts theory of the company. There is also a strong comparative theme, with discussions of the political and sociological context of corporate governance in France, Germany, and Japan, together with developments at the European level.
Introduction - the political economy of the company, Andrew Gamble, Gavin Kelly and John Parkinson
the politics of the company, Andrew Gamble and Gavin Kelly
the Labour party and the company, Ben Clift, Andrew Gamble and Michael Harris
the public interest and the company in Germany, Shawn Donnelly
worker rights and responsibilities in the modern company, Robert Taylor
the conceptual foundations of the company - a pluralist approach, Gavin Kelly and John Parkinson
defending the rentier - corporate theory and the reprivatization of the public company, Paddy Ireland
corporate governance in a political climate - the impact of public policy regimes on corporate governance in the UK, Sue Bowden
institutional investors - what are their responsibilities as shareholders?, G.P. Stapledon
evolution and policy in company law - the non-executive director, John Parkinson
comparative corporate governance - sociological perspectives, Gregory Jackson.