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(p. 398) 16. Corporate governance 2: the UK corporate governance debate 

(p. 398) 16. Corporate governance 2: the UK corporate governance debate
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(p. 398) 16. Corporate governance 2: the UK corporate governance debate
Author(s):

Alan Dignam

and John Lowry

DOI:
10.1093/he/9780198753285.003.1694
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date: 19 September 2019

Titles in the Core Text series take the reader straight to the heart of the subject, providing focused, concise, and reliable guides for students at all levels. This chapter explores the corporate governance debate in the UK in terms of industry and the government. After presenting the background to the UK debate, it considers UK corporate theory and the industry and government response to the corporate governance debate. It then examines the Sarbanes-Oxley Act that became law in the United States in July 2002; the UK Government’s independent review of non-executive directors (the Higgs Review); the link between corporate governance failure and the recent financial crisis; and the Walker Report (2009) which reviewed problems within the UK financial industry. Finally, it outlines a number of reforms that have been adopted between 2009 and 2012 concerning the financial crisis in general and the Walker Report in particular.

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