Corporate Governance: The Swedish Solution
George W. Dent Jr.
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
February 4, 2012
64 Florida Law Review 1633 (2012).
Case Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2012-3
Sweden has changed its corporate governance system by delegating the nomination of corporate directors (and thus, in effect, ultimate control) to committees typically comprising representatives of each company’s largest shareholders. This system gives shareholders a degree of power “that only the most daring corporate governance initiatives in the rest of the world could even imagine.” By all accounts the change has been successful; no one is complaining about it.
In the United States investors have long been kept weak in corporate governance for fear that giving them a major role would damage corporations in numerous ways. The Swedish experience seems to belie these fears. This article describes the Swedish experience and discusses its applicability to the U.S. It argues that the “Swedish solution” can be equally successful here. The article concludes with a discussion of two ways in which the Swedish system might be instituted in the U.S.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 37
Keywords: corporate governance, Sweden, United States, United Kingdom, shareholders, Corporate Governance Code (Sweden), Annual General Meeting, CEOs, conflicts of interest
JEL Classification: K22working papers series
Date posted: February 6, 2012 ; Last revised: December 7, 2012
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