Handbook of the International Political Economy of the Corporation
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Handbook of the International Political Economy of the Corporation

Edited by Andreas Nölke and Christian May

Over the past few decades, corporations have been neglected in studies of international political economy (IPE). Seeking to demystify them, what they are, how they behave and their goals and constraints, this Handbook introduces the corporation as a unit of analysis for students of IPE. Providing critical discussion of their global and domestic power, and highlighting the ways in which corporations interact with each other and with their socio-political environment, this Handbook presents a thorough and up-to-date overview of the main debates around the role of corporations in the global political economy.
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Chapter 2: Corporate governance and accountability

Antoine Rebérioux and Gwenaël Roudaut

Abstract

This chapter provides an overview of the literature on corporate governance and corporate accountability, focusing on listed companies. It first surveys the normative debate on corporate responsibility, opposing two antagonistic models: the shareholder primacy model and the corporate social responsibility model. It then relates this (normative) diversity to the empirical diversity in corporate governance systems. The following sections narrow the scope of the analysis, to discuss in more details two crucial governance mechanisms and their effects on various firm outcomes: the distribution of stock ownership, and the composition and functioning of the board of directors.

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