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Understanding the Company
Corporate Governance and Theory


Barnali Choudhury, Martin Petrin, Reuven S. Avi-Yonah, Martin Gelter, Christopher M. Bruner, Marc T. Moore, Dionysia Katelouzou, Beate Sjåfjell, Brandon L. Garrett, Ian B. Lee, Karin Buhmann, William W. Bratton, Andrew Keay, Lynn Stout
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  • Date Published: July 2017
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107146075

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  • What is the purpose of the company and its role in society? From their origin in medieval times to their modern incarnation as powerful transnational bodies, companies remain an important part of business and society at large. Drawing from a variety of perspectives, this book adopts a normative approach to understanding the modern company and provides insights into how companies should be conceptualized. It considers key topics such as the development of corporate theory, the rights and obligations of the company, and the means and ends of corporate governance. Written by leading experts of different jurisdictions, this book provides important international viewpoints on some of the most pressing corporate governance questions.

    • Explores key corporate governance issues within different jurisdictions, enabling readers to access a wider variety of perspectives
    • Situates companies in the context of society, exploring both their rights and obligations
    • Provides insights and suggestions for regulation, using a normative approach to explore the conceptualization of the company
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    • Date Published: July 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107146075
    • dimensions: 237 x 160 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.65kg
    • contains: 8 b/w illus. 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction Barnali Choudhury and Martin Petrin
    Part I. Comparative and Historical Perspectives:
    2. The four transformations of the corporate form Reuven S. Avi-Yonah
    3. Comparative corporate governance: old and new Martin Gelter
    4. The corporation's intrinsic attributes Christopher M. Bruner
    Part II. The Company: Public or Private?:
    5. Understanding the modern company through the lens of quasi-public power Marc T. Moore
    6. Reflections on the nature of the public corporation in an era of shareholder activism and stewardship Dionysia Katelouzou
    7. Regulating for corporate sustainability: why the public-private divide misses the point Beate Sjåfjell
    Part III. Rights or Duty Bearer?:
    8. The constitutional rights of corporations in the United States Brandon L. Garrett
    9. Understanding corporate criminal liability Ian B. Lee
    10. Human rights and business: expectations, requirements and procedures for the responsible modern company Karin Buhmann
    11. A balancing approach to corporate rights and duties Martin Petrin
    Part IV. Governing the Modern Company:
    12. Corporate law reform in the era of shareholder empowerment William W. Bratton
    13. Board accountability and the entity maximization and sustainability approach Andrew Keay
    14. The corporation and the question of time Lynn Stout
    15. Epilogue: a look to the future Barnali Choudhury and Martin Petrin.

  • Editors

    Barnali Choudhury, University College London
    Barnali Choudhury is a Senior Lecturer at University College London. She is the author of Public Services and International Trade Liberalization: Human Rights and Gender Implications (Cambridge, 2012) as well as over twenty articles and book chapters. She has delivered lectures internationally and her research has been cited by the UK House of Lords EU Select Committee, arbitral tribunals, and non-governmental organizations. Prior to joining academia she practiced corporate and international investment law.

    Martin Petrin, University College London
    Martin Petrin is a Senior Lecturer at University College London and the Deputy Director of its Centre for Commercial Law. He holds an S.J.D. specializing in corporate law from the University of California, Los Angeles, a Ph.D. from Universität St Gallen, Switzerland, and an LL.M. from Columbia University, New York. Petrin has practiced law with a leading international business law firm and has been admitted to the Bar in New York and Switzerland. He has been a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge, Faculty of Law and Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches und internationales Privatrecht, Germany. Petrin has published and presented widely on corporate governance topics.


    Barnali Choudhury, Martin Petrin, Reuven S. Avi-Yonah, Martin Gelter, Christopher M. Bruner, Marc T. Moore, Dionysia Katelouzou, Beate Sjåfjell, Brandon L. Garrett, Ian B. Lee, Karin Buhmann, William W. Bratton, Andrew Keay, Lynn Stout

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