Comparative Corporate Capitalism
Last offered in 2010-2011
Forms of corporate ownership and control vary widely from one country to another. The type of corporate capitalism that's found in the United States, and that's the usual subject of law school courses in corporate law, is in fact something of an outlier among these forms. In this seminar we'll examine the organization of enterprise in a range of both developed and developing countries in an effort to comprehend their variety, including the character of a country's political governance, to probe the reasons for the patterns that we see, and to understand the particular problems that the various systems present. As part of this exercise, we'll look at the ways in which organizations and organizational law have evolved in different countries over recent centuries, and we'll speculate on the directions in which they'll continue to evolve in the future.