Posted: 19 Jul 2004

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Brian R. Cheffins

University of Cambridge - Faculty of Law; European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)


This chapter provides a survey of corporate law's key theoretical themes. There is discussion of debates about "corporate personality", Berle and Means' separation of ownership and control thesis and the economically-oriented contractarian model of the company that has dominated theoretical analysis of corporate law from the 1980s onwards. Interdisciplinary work that takes economic analysis as a point of departure will also be outlined. The chapter concludes with an assessment of four potential trajectories for corporate law scholarship.

Keywords: Corporate law

JEL Classification: K22

Suggested Citation

Cheffins, Brian R., Corporations. Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, Peter Cane, Mark Tushnet, eds., Oxford University Press, 2003. Available at SSRN:

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