Saturday, 25 April 2015

The Methods of Comparative Corporate Law

A draft paper (forthcoming for a handbook of Corporate Law). The paper is available here and the abstract reads:  
In the growing literature on comparative corporate law there is often a lack of consideration to the recent advances made in the general field of comparative law. This chapter aims to fill this gap. It outlines a conceptual framework that shows how seven core themes of comparative law can be linked to research on comparative corporate law. Subsequently, it explains these seven topics in more detail, also distinguishing between research approaches that have a legal focus and those that follow a more interdisciplinary perspective. The conclusion suggests that there is a need to overcome not only the separation between comparative and corporate law research but also between legal and interdisciplinary perspectives of comparative corporate law.

Monday, 13 April 2015

New Directions for Law and Development Studies

I’m about to go to a conference at Tulane University in New Orleans on this topic. The conference website is here with a few papers freely available here

Well, actually, the paper of my own presentation based on fieldwork in China (with Ding Chen and Simon Deakin) is not yet there – so I can just offer the abstract – as well as the first two slides (see right hand side; click to enlarge)!

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Which political party would make Britain more like Germany?

I took three ‘vote-match’ sites for the 2015 UK general elections: (1), (2), (3). I answered the questions based on the current situation in Germany. In the majority of cases this was straight-forward: eg, for questions about tax rates, high-speed trains, being a member of the EU; questions not applicable for Germany (eg about Scottish independence) or where I didn’t know the German situation any more I left blank. PS: where the vote-match sites asked me to choose a place of residence, I chose Scotland (in order to capture the SNP).

The results:
UkIsidewith: 92% SNP, 88% Labour, LibDems, Greens, 53% Conservatives, 4% UKIP
WhoshouldIvotefor: +12 SNP and Labour,  +6 Greens, +4 LibDems, -7 Conservatives, -8 UKIP
Votematch: 71% Greens, 68% SNP and Labour, 61% LibDems, 34% Conservatives and UKiP

So, doing a poll of polls, it shows that if you want Britain to become more like Germany vote SNP – or if you’re not in Scotland, vote Labour or Greens.