1. Introductory Overview of the Issues Required Reading for all Group members:
Either: Sally Wheeler, The Business Enterprise: A Socio-Legal Introduction (pp 1 to 30 only) from Sally Wheeler (ed.) A Reader in The Law of the Business Enterprise Oxford Readings in Socio-Legal Studies, 1994, Oxford University Press
Thomas Clarke, Theories of Governance: Reconceptualising corporate governance theory after the Enron experience in Thomas Clarke (ed), Theories of corporate governance : the philosophical foundations of corporate governance pub. London ; New York : Routledge, 2004
Peter A Gourevitch, “The Politics of Corporate Governance Regulation” a Book Review Article in (2003) 112 Yale Law Journal 1829 – Westlaw. This reviews the book by Mark J Roe: Political Determinants of Corporate Governance: Political Context, Corporate Impact, Oxford University Press, 2003. The review by Gourevitch gives you a good overview of developments in the Corporate Governance debate after Wheeler wrote.
Brian Cheffins, “Putting Britain on the Roe Map: the Emergence of the Berle-Means Corporation in the United Kingdom” in McCahery, Moerland, Raajmakers & Renneboog (eds) Corporate Governance Regimes, 2002, Oxford University Press.
Klaus J Hopt, “Common Principles of Corporate Governance in Europe?” in McCahery, Moerland, Raajmakers & Renneboog (eds) Corporate Governance Regimes, 2002, Oxford University Press.
In Discussion of these readings we will consider:
(a) the relationship between theories of the company and the corporate governance debate - which "solution" is suggested by which theory of the company?
(b) Broadly, how does the approach to corporate governance differ between the USA and UK and states in Continental Europe?
(c) The main outline of the debate so far on corporate governance.