Business Elites and Corporate Governance in France and the UK

Mairi Maclean, Charles Harvey, Jon Press

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This book is a cross-national, comparative study of business elites and corporate governance in France and the UK, combining extensive empirical research with intensive theoretical reasoning. It looks beneath the surface at the exercise of power and authority in two distinct national business systems, exploring key issues concerning business elites, their networks, recruitment, reward, stability and regeneration.

The relationship between business elites and corporate governance is central to the manifold ways in which power is exercised in modern corporations. To better understand boards, we need to know more about the mindsets, predilections and behaviours of those who sit on boards. Elite corporate networks extend beyond business into government and other realms within society. The book gets to the bottom of how and why the French and UK business systems function in such different ways, drawing important conclusions with respect to the future of national business systems within the global economy.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBasingstoke, U. K.
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages357
ISBN (Print)9781403935793
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2006

Publication series

NameFrench Politics, Society and Culture


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