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Corporation Law and Economics
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Bainbridge's particular hobby-horse is the notion that corporations are a "nexus of contracts" centered on directors, rather than legal entities owned by shareholders. He presents little or no evidence of judicial (as opposed to academic) support for this approach; in any event, he abandons the theory whenever it leads to results that clash with his general aversion to management accountability, director liability, and judicial review of corporate decisions. His argument that shareholder wealth maximization is consistent with the "nexus of contracts" approach is surely the most tortured section of the book. His statement that shareholders lack political power in the United States may be the silliest sentence ever written by a law professor (which is saying a lot).
The book is cheaper than many hornbooks but students should know what they're getting. Bainbridge worked at the Heritage Foundation and his conservative ideology appears on almost every page.Read more ›