The School of Law at Queen’s University Belfast is hosting an ESRC-funded seminar series between March and September 2010 under the general theme: Re-engineering the Corporation.
The series will aim to develop a research agenda that works towards a wholesale re-engineering of the corporate form. As part of this process we encourage participants to:
- Review questions of the political and social imperatives for the corporation.
- Study the shifts in the ways that corporations are imagined by legislators and governed by managers in the new global and financialised economic and corporate environment.
- Incorporate new modes of accountability that might better suit the hyper-innovative character of the financialised economy.
- Study the relationships between regulators, legislators and the corporate economy.
- Review the corporate constitution and relationships between shareholders and the company.
- Examine the structures underpinning corporate boards in the light of stakeholder and other political and social concerns.
- Study the role of pension funds in the corporate economy as both as institutional investors and guarantors of social welfare for the older population.
The policy debate as it has developed over the last year has focused either on micro-level risk management questions in the financial industry or on the need to rethink regulatory structures in the light of the crisis. While possible lessons learned from specific regulatory and policy failures are of crucial importance, these cannot be fully understood without an analysis of the subject of the regulations and policies at hand: the financialised company itself. Furthermore, there is an urgent imperative to move beyond the identification of weaknesses and flaws and to identify possible means for re-engineering the corporation, in the light of its evolving character.
This seminar series presents an opportunity to contribute to emerging issues in policy, regulation and law by exploring possible futures for the corporate form, taking the global financial crisis as its starting point. The series will bring together leading academics from the UK as well as scholars from the rest of Europe and from the United States. They will discuss issues of law and policy from a range of socio-legal, political economy and finance perspectives. Issues of corporate accountability, stakeholder inclusion, internal governance and external regulation will be addressed in an effort to develop new modes of analysis and areas for examination as the debate unfolds.
The series is made up of three seminars:
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