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    Germany is quietly rebalancing its economy – but this will not fix the Eurozone’s flaws

Germany is quietly rebalancing its economy – but this will not fix the Eurozone’s flaws

A common criticism of Germany in the post-crisis period has been that its economy is unbalanced, with the country’s reluctance to increase public spending or reduce its large current account surplus being cited as problems for other Eurozone economies. Donato Di Carlo argues that this narrative entirely overlooks the extent to which the German economy has already gone through a […]

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    Government Regulation of Corporate Social Responsibility: What are the Implications for Corporate Governance?

Government Regulation of Corporate Social Responsibility: What are the Implications for Corporate Governance?

Corporate governance is a complex idea that is often inappropriately simplified as a cookbook of recommended measures to improve financial performance. Many studies suggest that the supposed benign effects of these measures —independent directors or highly incentivised executives— are at best context specific. Corporate Governance in Contention explores and explains the meaning, purpose, and importance of corporate governance, with discussions […]

September 13th, 2018|Featured|0 Comments|

Labour, Capital and Corporate Governance

Corporate governance is a complex idea that is often inappropriately simplified as a cookbook of recommended measures to improve financial performance. Many studies suggest that the supposed benign effects of these measures —independent directors or highly incentivised executives— are at best context specific. Corporate Governance in Contention explores and explains the meaning, purpose, and importance of corporate governance, with discussions […]

September 11th, 2018|Featured, Trade Unions|1 Comment|

The Performance of Foundation-Owned Firms

Corporate governance is a complex idea that is often inappropriately simplified as a cookbook of recommended measures to improve financial performance. Many studies suggest that the supposed benign effects of these measures —independent directors or highly incentivised executives— are at best context specific. Corporate Governance in Contention explores and explains the meaning, purpose, and importance of corporate governance, with discussions […]

September 6th, 2018|Featured|0 Comments|
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    Reversing Financialisation: Shareholder Value and the Legal Reform of Corporate Governance

Reversing Financialisation: Shareholder Value and the Legal Reform of Corporate Governance

Corporate governance is a complex idea that is often inappropriately simplified as a cookbook of recommended measures to improve financial performance. Many studies suggest that the supposed benign effects of these measures —independent directors or highly incentivised executives— are at best context specific. Corporate Governance in Contention explores and explains the meaning, purpose, and importance of corporate governance, with discussions […]

September 3rd, 2018|Featured|0 Comments|
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    “Regime change? The European Economy to 2030” – The CER’s new research project on the European economy

“Regime change? The European Economy to 2030” – The CER’s new research project on the European economy

The Centre for European Reform recently published a short Bulletin article on the future of the European economy. Here’s Bob Hancké’s review:

Bob Hancké writes: An excellent short piece by John Springford of the Centre for European Reform on the future of the European economy. His piece examines large trends, with a peek into the future, in Europe’s labour market, macroeconomy, industries, demographics […]

July 25th, 2018|Featured|0 Comments|
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    ‘Recklessness, hubris and greed’ – How to remedy cases such as Carillion in the future

‘Recklessness, hubris and greed’ – How to remedy cases such as Carillion in the future

Saul Estrin and David Marsden reflect on the problems of corporate governance that large companies responsible for outsourced public services face. They wrote a short report for the UK government replying to its Green Paper on Corporate Governance Reform and submitted it in November 2017.

The recent collapse of Carillion highlights the limitations of current government policy on corporate governance, and the […]

Europe needs a pay rise and young Europeans need jobs

Steve Coulter of the European Trade Union Institute cautions that improving growth figures in the European Union mask widening regional disparities in GDP per head and real wages, while many of the jobs that have been created are part time and/or precarious. Action to sustain the modest recovery and share out its spoils should go beyond sustaining demand – […]

Working the phones – undercover in a call centre

Jamie Woodcock of the LSE recalls  his experience of working undercover in a UK call centre, which provides a window into a workplace dictated by control and surveillance

For the purpose of  my new book, Working the Phones, I spent six months  undercover in a UK call centre . The focus of the research was to understand questions of control […]

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    The European Pillar of Social Rights in historical perspective

The European Pillar of Social Rights in historical perspective

Philippe Pochet of the European Trade Union Institute has some advice for the European Union as it mounts one of its periodic attempts to recast the Social Union. He urges the EU to rebalance social and economic concerns by mounting an ambitious social programme The ambition and the potential role of the European Pillar of Social Rights in the development […]