The second edition of Critical Company Law provides a framework in which to understand how the company functions in society and a thorough grounding in modern legal doctrine. It shows how modern company law is shaped by a multi-layered history of politics, ideology, ecomics and power. Through the lens of political ecomic theory the book shows how the company becomes the mechanism through which the state makes political choices about distributing societies' wealth and through which it responds to ecomic crises. The current law reflects an ecomy marked by a disjuncture between the low profits of the productive ecomy and the high profits of the finance ecomy. Critical Company Law examines areas of company law to show how they reflect a fragile ecomy inexorably drawn to social and ecomic inequality and short-termism. These include: * The Doctrine of Separate Corporate Personality * Groups of Companies and Tort Liabilities * Company Formation and the Constitution * Directors' Duties and Authority * Corporate Capacity * Shares and Shareholders * Raising and Maintaining Capital * Mirity Protection In this uniquely hybrid book the legal topics are treated with detail and clarity, providing an engaging introduction to the key topics required for a student of company law.
Lorraine Talbot is Professor of Law at the University of York. She has published in the Modern Law Review, the Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly and the Seattle Law Review and is author of Progressive Corporate Governance for the 21st Century (Routledge 2013) and Great Debates in Company Law (Palgrave 2014)