The Changing Corporate Governance Paradigm: Implications for Transition and Developing Countries
31 Pages Posted: 29 Sep 1999
Date Written: June 1999
The rapidly growing literature studying the relationship between legal origin, investor protection and finance has stimulated an important debate in academic circles. It has also generated a cottage industry of applied research and strong policy statements. This paper discusses the implications, in particular for developing and transition countries, from this literature. Our general conclusion is that its focus on the plight of small investors is too narrow when applied to these countries. We argue that this group is unlikely to play an important role in most developing and transition countries. External investors may still be crucial, particularly in transition countries, but they are more likely to come in as strategic investors or creditors. The paper also proposes a broader paradigm including other stakeholders and mechanisms of governance in order to better understand the problems facing these countries and generate policy implications that compensate for the weaknesses of capital markets.
JEL Classification: D23, G32, G38, K22, O17
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