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Les conditions politiques au développement de la firme managériale

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  • Mark J. Roe

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The large publicly held firm dominates business in the United States. But in other economically advanced nations, ownership is not diffuse but concentrated. Social democ-racies press managers to stabilize employment. Hence, public firms there will have higher managerial agency costs, and large-block shareholding will persist. Indeed, when we line up the world's richest nations on a left-right political continuum and then line them up on a close-to-diffuse ownership continuum, the two correlate powerfully. We thus uncover not only a political explanation for ownership concentration in Europe, but also a crucial political prerequisite to the rise of the public firm in the United States, namely the weakness of social democratic pressures on the American business firm.

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  • Mark J. Roe, 2001. "Les conditions politiques au développement de la firme managériale," Revue Finance Contrôle Stratégie, revues.org, vol. 4(1), pages 123-182, March.
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    agency costs; large public firm; social democracy; ownership structure.;
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    • G38 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Government Policy and Regulation
    • K22 - Law and Economics - - Regulation and Business Law - - - Business and Securities Law
    • P16 - Economic Systems - - Capitalist Systems - - - Political Economy of Capitalism

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