We live in a 'corporate world' in which powerful business corporations shape and influence the activities of nation states, their national ecomies and their social relations. But what is it that moulds the activities of the corporations themselves? Do some societies have 'styles' of regulation that enable corporations to operate freely in the pursuit of certain interests, where others are more constrained? And, if so, are Australian companies more inclined to pursue the financial interests of shareholders and owners at the expense of employees and creditors? Corporate governance may be guided in the pursuit of particular interests by many influences, including law, politics, capital and labour and other pressure groups. How these competing pressures balance out varies ermously from state to state. Bringing together the original research by lawyers, political ecomists and industrial relations scholars, Varieties of Capitalism, Corporate Governance and Employees is a first Australian contribution to these complex issues.
Shelley Marshall is a lecturer in the Department of Business Law and Taxation at Monash University. Her major research interests are industrial democracy and corporate governance, and theories of development and labour law. Richard Mitchell is a professor in the Department of Business Law and Taxation, and the Department of Management, and a member of the Work and Employment Rights Research Centre, at Monash University. His current research focuses on labour market regulation, and varying styles of regulation in different types of economies. Ian Ramsay is the Harold Ford Professor of Commercial Law Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne, where he is director of the Centre for Corporate Law and Securities Regulation. He has published extensively on corporate law and corporate governance issues.