The Financialization of Corporate Governance

Members of the academic community, the business world, and law firms have long been debating shareholder primacy, stakeholder governance, and corporate purpose. In a forthcoming essay, I outline these arguments but suggest that reform of corporate governance should be focused on executive compensation and compelling fiduciaries subject to ERISA and other legal regimes to protect retirement savings. In my opinion, the financialization of corporate governance fomented by activist investors that led to compensating executives with equity is the primary cause of the dissatisfaction with corporate performance by non-shareholder constituencies.

My essay traces the development of the financialization of corporate governance … Read more