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The Impact of Economic Crises on Changes in Corporate Governance

  • Stanis³aw Rudolf

    (University of Lodz)

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    Over the last 10 - 15 years significant changes took place in principal systems of corporate governance i.e. in the Anglo-Saxon and German systems. These changes were of similar or the same character. This was an effect of economic crises, mainly crises of 1997 – 1998 and 2007 – 2009. The crises have influenced the changes either directly through amendments in the so-called hard law of national systems of supervision or indirectly through recommendations on corporate governance issued by international institutions and organizations. The OECD and the European Commission played the most important part in this respect. These organizations had a big impact on the formation and shape of the so-called codes of good practice, whose principles are generally implemented by companies, mainly listed companies. The principles happen to be of the so-called soft law character and after some encouraging experience with their use take on the form of legislation.

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    Article provided by Uniwersytet Mikolaja Kopernika in its journal Equilibrium. Quarterly Journal of Economics and Economic Policy.

    Volume (Year): 6, Issue 4 (2011)
    Issue (Month): ()
    Pages: 7-20

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    Handle: RePEc:cpn:umkequ:2011:v4:1
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