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European Company Law

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Charlotte VilliersLecturer in Law, University of Sheffield

ISBN13: 9781855216143
ISBN: 1855216140
Published: December 1998
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd
Country of Publication: uk
Format: Paperback
Price: Out of print

This text has four separate aims. Firstly, it provides an account of the development of the European company law programme and a description of the legal provisions adopted since the programme began in the early 1960s. Secondly, the book aims to introduce readers to the company laws of a member state whose legal system is little-known in the UK.

For this reason Spain is the chosen comparator against the implementation measures of the UK.;The book is also concerned with the problem of democracy, both at European level and at the level of the company, as these two levels require different forms of democracy. The third aim of the book is therefore to explore the problems of representative democracy in the European Community, using the company law programme as a case study by which to assess the quality of the Community's representative democracy.

Finally, the book also explores the arguments for and against participatory democracy at the level of the firm. It aims to present an argument which suggests that it is possible to establish democracy in the company and that this will be necessary for the future progress of the European company law programme.

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Part 1 The company law harmonization programme: the general framework of the company law harmonization policy; the company law directives; supranational provisions.
Part 2 The development of the company law programme - a case study of representative democracy in the European Community: representative democracy and the international arrangements of the European Community; the company law programme as an illustration of EC representative democracy. Part three Implementation of the company law programme - a comparison of the UK and Spain: member states' experiences - comparing two legal systems; implementations of the directives in the UK and Spain; has harmony been achieved?.
Part 4 Towards participatory democracy in company law?: a labour law detour; towards participation in company law.