Politics-Business Co-evolution Paths: Workers’ Organization and Capitalist Concentration
CESifo Working Paper No. 2883
34 Pages Posted: 13 Jun 2010 Last revised: 30 Jul 2012
Date Written: July 12, 2012
Most pre-crisis explanations of the various corporate governance systems have considered the separation between ownership and control to be an advantage of the Anglo-American economies. They have also attributed the failure of other countries to achieve these efficient arrangements to their different legal and/or electoral systems. In this paper we compare this view with a different approach based on the hypothesis that politics and corporate governance co-evolve, generating complex interactions of financial and labour market institutions. Countries cluster along different complementary politics-business interaction paths and there is no reason to expect, or to device policies for, their convergence to a single model of corporate governance. We argue that this hypothesis provides a more convincing explanation of the past histories of major capitalist economies and can suggest some useful possible scenarios of their future institutional development. Bayesian model comparison suggests that the co-evolution approach turns out at least as influential as the competing theories in explaining shareholder and worker protection determination.
Keywords: employment protection, corporate governance, ownership concentration, Bayesian model estimation, Bayesian model comparison
JEL Classification: G32, G34, J5, K22, P1
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