Towards a Constitutional Theory of Corporate Governance
32 Pages Posted: 28 Sep 2006
Date Written: June 2006
The idea that there is a uniformly "optimal" governance structure for corporations features prominently in current debates and policy proposals. In this paper, we propose a different, constitutional theory of corporate governance: the criterion for a good corporate governance structure is whether it is freely chosen by the shareholders. We illustrate our approach by comparing the constitutional rights of shareholders under US corporate law and Swiss corporate law. Moreover, we discuss the mandatory provisions that shareholders would likely include in corporate law at a constitutional stage, behind the veil of ignorance.
Keywords: corporate governance
JEL Classification: G3, K22, M10
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