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Vol 21 No 9 Sept/Oct 2016

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Goode on Commercial Law

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Organising the Firm: Theories of Commercial Law, Corporate Governance and Corporate Law

ISBN13: 9783642221965
Published: June 2012
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
Country of Publication: Germany
Format: Hardback
Price: £94.50

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The theoretical basis of commercial law, corporate governance law, and corporate law is still unsatisfactory. There essentially is no theory of commercial law, and existing theories of corporate governance and corporate law cannot explain the behaviour of firms or the contents of existing regulation. This book proposes a coordinated solution for all three areas. The starting point is that all three areas deal with the organisation of firms. Commercial law, corporate governance, and corporate law are therefore studied from the perspective of the firm rather than that of the judge or the investor. Changing the perspective makes it easier to formulate an "umbrella" theory of commercial law, and theories of corporate governance and corporate law as applications of the main theory. The book provides examples of how the proposed theories work by studying legal corporate governance tools and practices that increase the sustainability of the firm. Sustainability can be bolstered by making the governance model more self-enforcing and ensuring that it fosters innovation.

Commercial Law
1. Introduction.- 2. Economic Theories of the Firm.- 3. Theory of Commercial Law: Past Approaches.- 4. Theory of Commercial Law: Management-based Commercial Law.- 5. Theories of Corporate Law and Corporations: Past Approaches.- 6. Legal and Economic Theories of Corporate Governance: Past Approaches.- 7. Theory of Corporate Governance: Proposed Legal Theory.- 8. Self-enforcing Governance Models.- 9. Corporate Governance and Innovation.- 10. Theory of Corporate Law: Proposed Theory.