Corporate Governance in Comparative Perspective: Prospects for Convergence

29 Pages Posted: 12 Oct 2001

See all articles by Sanford M. Jacoby

Sanford M. Jacoby

University of California, Los Angeles


Pundits of globalization predict the eventual demise of the stakeholder corporate governance model found in Europe and Japan and its replacement by the Anglo-American shareholder model. Were this to occur, it would sharply change the relationship of employees to their employer in many parts of the world. Yet it's not obvious that convergence is inevitable. There is considerable inertia and persistence of national governance models due to factors such as path dependence, bounded rationality, uncertain macroeconomic benefits, and weak globalization pressures. Moreover, while one can find evidence of institutional diffusion across borders, it occurs in multiple directions; not all roads lead to Wall Street.

Keywords: Corporate governance, comparative institutions, industrial relations

JEL Classification: P5, J5, K2, L2

Suggested Citation

Jacoby, Sanford M., Corporate Governance in Comparative Perspective: Prospects for Convergence. Available at SSRN: or

Sanford M. Jacoby (Contact Author)

University of California, Los Angeles ( email )

Los Angeles, CA 90095-1481
United States
310-2109362 (Phone)

Do you have a job opening that you would like to promote on SSRN?

Paper statistics

Abstract Views
PlumX Metrics