Fabrizio Ferri

“‘Low-Cost’ Shareholder Activism: A Review of the Evidence”

Editors: C. A. Hill and B. H. McDonnell

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Abstract:

Over the last decade, a series of corporate governance scandals have given rise to an intense wave of shareholder activism. In this chapter, I focus on two particular tools of shareholder activism, namely shareholder proposals filed under Rule 14a-8 and shareholder votes on uncontested director elections. These tools share an appealing feature. Their cost is quite modest and they do not require a significant equity stake in the company — hence, they are referred to as "low-cost" tools of activism. But their easy accessibility comes at a price. Both shareholder proposals and shareholder votes on director elections are essentially non-binding on the target firm, casting doubts on their effectiveness as a driver of change.

Source: Research Handbook on the Economics of Corporate Law
Exact Citation:
Ferri, Fabrizio. "'Low-Cost' Shareholder Activism: A Review of the Evidence" In Research Handbook on the Economics of Corporate Law, 192-215. Ed. C. A. Hill and B. H. McDonnell. Edward Elgar Publishing: Edward Elgar, 2012.
Pages: 192-215
Place: Edward Elgar Publishing
Date: 2012