F. Hodge O'Neal Corporate and Securities Law Symposium

America’s Shifting Fascination with Comparative Corporate Governance

Edward B. Rock

In this Article, I want to focus on the specific emergence of the comparativist turn in American corporate law scholarship, to try to appraise the significance of the recent American fascination with German and Japanese corporate governance, and to consider what it tells us about the possible path dependance of corporate law scholarship. Before turning to the comparative scholarship, however, I will first try to put it into context by giving a quick and somewhat idiosyncratic overview of the modern history of corporate law scholarship in the United States.