"This provocative book applies law and finance theory to a wide
range of issues bearing on corporate governance and business
history. Brouwer's analysis should hold particular interest for
students and scholars interested in comparative governance."
Joseph A. McCahery, Professor of Corporate Governance and
Innovation, University of Amsterdam Center for Law and
This book focuses on the relationships between rules of
decision-making and economic development, concentrating on the
similarities and differences between old and modern modes of
governance in both business and politics. Brouwer uses concepts
such as uncertainty and expectations to analyze political and
corporate governance models from an economic theoretical
Brouwer analyzes the emergence of organizations and institutions
conducive to commerce and growth and the relationship with
political organization in both past and present in order to improve
our understanding of economic development. The author shows how
maritime trade spawned many organizational innovations in the past
that still feature modern innovative enterprise. The author
highlights how political governance stimulates or impedes
innovation, taking issue with existing legislation on bankruptcy
and corporate governance. The effects of political governance on
innovation are modelled to analyze how competition for novelty
enhances the value of human capital.
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