Entrepreneurs and Democracy: A Political Theory of Corporate Governance

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Cambridge University Press, May 22, 2008 - Business & Economics
What legitimizes power within a corporation? This question is of concern to the millions of citizens whose lives depend upon the fate of business corporations. The rules, institutions and practices of corporate governance define the limits of the power to direct, and determine under what conditions this power is acceptable. Effective corporate governance has long been defined in terms of economic performance. More recent studies have focused on philosophical, political and historical analyses. Entrepreneurs and Democracy unites these strands of inquiry - the legitimacy of power, the evolution of multiple forms of governance and the economics of performance - and proposes a framework for future study. It explores the opposing tensions of entrepreneurial force and social fragmentation that form the basis of legitimate corporate governance in modern societies. In doing so, it identifies a common logic that links both the democratization of corporate governance and the growth of economic performance.

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political foundations of the legitimate entrepreneur
Society fragmented and the role of democracy
Conclusion to Part I
the contribution of history
Introduction to Part II
economic enfranchisement and the founder as entrepreneur
separation of powers and management as entrepreneur
ownership of the large corporation reaches unprecedented mass and fragments into multiple poles
the contribution of economics
Introduction to Part III
an analysis
Critique of the Pure Economic Model of corporate governance
Economic performance corporate governance and the fragmentation of ownership
Conclusion to Part III

representation and debate signify a new step towards democratization
Conclusion to Part II

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