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Shareholder Democracies?: Corporate Governance in Britain and Ireland before 1850

Mark Freeman, Robin Pearson, and James Taylor


Understanding the challenges of corporate governance is central to a comprehension of the economic dynamics driving corporations today. Among the most important institutions in capitalism today, corporations and joint-stock companies had their origins in Europe during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. And as they became more prevalent, the issue of internal governance became more pressing. At stake—and very much contested—was the allocation of rights and obligations among shareholders, directors, and managers. This account of the development of corporate governance in Britain and Irela ... More

Keywords: corporate governance, corporations, capitalism, joint-stock companies, shareholders, directors, managers, accountability, transparency

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780226261874
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226261881.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Freeman, author

Robin Pearson, author

James Taylor, author