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- 11/02/15--06:15: Corporate Power Ratchet
- 02/26/16--06:07: 2015 CPA-Zicklin Index of Corporate Political Disclosure
- 05/31/16--07:03: Holding Activists and Proxy Advisory Firms Accountable?
- 08/18/16--06:30: Political Contributions and Lobbying Proposals
- 10/23/16--01:01: Can Business Help Fix Our Broken Politics?
- 12/07/17--06:10: Anatomy of Political Risk in the United States
- 02/08/18--06:18: SLB No. 14I Strikes Again
Leo Strine, Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court, the Austin Wakeman Scott Lecturer on Law and a Senior Fellow of the Harvard Law School Program on Corporate Governance, recently issued an essay that is forthcoming in the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. The essay, titled Corporate Power Ratchet: The Courts’ Role in Eroding “We the […]
On the eve of a blockbuster election year for political spending, more of America’s largest publicly traded companies are disclosing their corporate expenditures on politics and are starting to place restrictions on their political spending. These are key findings of the fifth annual CPA-Zicklin Index of Political Disclosure and Accountability that, for the first time, […]
The nation’s capital is center stage for the latest round of debates as to the impact of shareholder activism on American business. With the introduction of the Brokaw Act by four Democratic senators in March, followed by the announcement in May of a new D.C.-based lobbying organization formed by a bipartisan group of prominent activists, […]
Profits are up. Operating margins for firms publicly listed in the US show a substantial and sustained rise (see Figure below). Corporate valuations are up as well. That is good news for managers and investors. But is it good news for society? Economists, such as Joseph Stiglitz and Luigi Zingales, find the rise potentially troubling […]
Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) has been facing mounting pressure from certain members of Congress, interest groups and investors to require companies to disclose their political spending. Last year, for example, 44 Democratic Senators wrote a letter to SEC Chair […]
Governments play an increasingly prominent role in influencing firms and stock prices. According to a Duke University/CFO Magazine Business Outlook Survey in 2013, federal government policies rank second only to consumer demand among the top three external concerns corporations face. The profound effects of political decisions on corporate performance and stock prices are evidenced by […]
Many business people are appalled at the current state of our politics. Few, however, would admit that the “business community” is responsible, in part, for our dysfunctional political culture. And fewer yet may be prepared to think about how business can take steps—in concert with other political actors—to help soothe the distemper. But, this dreary […]
From the UK’s vote to leave the European Union to the threats of the US Congress to shut down the federal government, recent events have renewed concerns about the effects of risks emanating from the political system on investment, employment, and other aspects of firm behavior. The size of such effects, and the question of […]
When the SEC released its latest SLB in November last year, companies—well, Apple—pounced on the possibility of excluding shareholders proposals on the basis of, well, the board had a good think about it and decided that they were already doing it and/or that it was irrelevant. Now, all sorts of companies are targeting lobbying spending […]