Corporate Governance and Employment Relations

Zoe Adams and Simon Deakin

in The Oxford Handbook of Corporate Law and Governance

Published in print May 2018 | ISBN: 9780198743682
Published online July 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780191803819 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Corporate Governance and Employment Relations

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Rent-sharing between employees and shareholders is a necessity if the societal value of the firm is to be maximized. This is reflected in laws across the world which, in different ways, underpin job security and worker voice. Where employees have no role in firm-level governance and are weakly protected by regulation, contractual arrangements intended to align investor and worker interests often fail. A growing body of empirical evidence, drawing in part on leximetric data, points to the beneficial economic effects of employment protection and codetermination laws for innovation and productivity. These laws also promote equality, in contrast to laws mandating additional protections for shareholders to those provided by basic corporate law, which are distributionally regressive as well as being of questionable value for efficiency.

Keywords: corporate governance; employment relations; shareholder rights; corporate law; employee protection; innovation; takeover bids; residual income; shareholders; employees

Article.  12912 words. 

Subjects: Company and Commercial Law ; Employment and Labour Law

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