Quiet Politics and Business Power: Corporate Control in Europe and Japan
Title: Quiet Politics and Business Power: Corporate Control in Europe and Japan
Author: CULPEPPER, Pepper D.
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Citation: New York, Cambridge University Press, 2011, Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics
Does democracy control business, or does business control democracy? This study of how companies are bought and sold in four countries – France, Germany, Japan and the Netherlands – explores this fundamental question. It does so by examining variation in the rules of corporate control – specifically, whether hostile takeovers are allowed. Takeovers have high political stakes: they result in corporate reorganizations, layoffs and the unraveling of compromises between workers and managers. But the public rarely pays attention to issues of corporate control. As a result, political parties and legislatures are largely absent from this domain. Instead, organized managers get to make the rules, quietly drawing on their superior lobbying capacity and the deference of legislators. These tools, not campaign donations, are the true founts of managerial political influence.
Table of Contents:
Tables and Figures Abbreviations Preface 1 Corporate Control and Political Salience 2 Patient Capital and Markets for Corporate Control 3 The Managerial Origins of Institutional Divergence in France and Germany 4 The Netherlands and the Myth of the Corporatist Coalition 5 Managers, Bureaucrats, and Institutional Change in Japan 6 The Noisy Politics of Executive Pay 7 Business Power and Democratic Politics Bibliography Index
Professor Pepper D. Culpepper, EUI, Department of Political and Social Sciences, was awarded the 2012 Stein Rokkan Prize in Comparative Social Science Research, for his work ‘Quiet Politics and Business Power: Corporate Control in Europe and Japan’.