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James D. Cox: The Shareholders' Best Advocate

dc.contributor.authorThomas, Randall S.
dc.contributor.authorWells, Harwell
dc.identifier.citation66 Duke Law Journal 467 (2016)en_US
dc.descriptionan article published in a journal of lawen_US
dc.description.abstractThis Article explores the historical development of the academic analysis of corporate law over the past forty years through the scholarship of one of its most influential commentators, Professor James D. Cox of the Duke University School of Law. It traces the ways in which corporate law scholarship changed from the 1970s to the present, including the rise of economic theory and empirical work in the study of corporate law. It shows how Professor Cox's early scholarship shaped and challenged economic orthodoxy, while his later work used empirical analysis to help corporate law become a more dynamic and richer field. Throughout his career, Professor Cox's scholarship has focused on the protection of shareholder rights. He has rebuffed contractarians' attacks on shareholder protections using a variety of economic, psychological, and empirical techniques. Professor Cox's support for investors has continued in the wake of financial-market crises, corporate scandals, and the challenges of globalization. He provides an outstanding example of how a thoughtful academic can influence theories and market conditions with several decades of valuable insights.en_US
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dc.publisherDuke Law Journalen_US
dc.subjectshareholder advocacyen_US
dc.subjectlaw and economicsen_US
dc.subjectlegal scholarshipen_US
dc.subject.lcshcorporation lawen_US
dc.titleJames D. Cox: The Shareholders' Best Advocateen_US

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