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Germany

Mark J. Joe

in Political Determinants of Corporate Governance

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9780199205301
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191695612 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199205301.003.0009

Series: Clarendon Lectures in Management Studies

Germany

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Germany's codetermination institutionalized social democracy and demeaned strong securities markets. Germany became the world's third largest economy. With labor having half of the boardroom, shareholders do better with a counter-coalition than they would in nations where labor is not as well represented in the boardroom. The historical sequence of first powerful banks and the family founders, then codetermination, and Germany's prior history of repressing labor, obscured the interdependence of the two. Codetermination and block ownership are complementary, and it is hard for one to exit without the other, regardless of which one came first historically.

Keywords: Germany; codetermination; diffuse ownership; boardroom; taxes; block ownership

Chapter.  5008 words. 

Subjects: Corporate Governance

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