A Comparative Theory of Corporate Governance
Wharton Financial Institutions Center Working Paper No. 03-27
Posted: 12 Oct 2003
Date Written: December 2002
The term corporate governance is used in two distinct ways. In Anglo-Saxon countries like the US and UK good corporate governance involves firms pursuing the interests of shareholders. In other countries like Japan, Germany and France it involves pursuing the interests of all stakeholders including employees and customers as well as shareholders. Anglo-Saxon capitalism has been widely analyzed but stakeholder capitalism has not. This paper argues that stakeholder capitalism can often be superior when markets are not perfect and complete.
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