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By Eelke M. Heemskerk

Typically, a lot of huge company within the industrialized Western international has been geared up round specific company societies—notoriously known as “old boy” networks. With the new flow towards a extra liberal marketplace financial system, notwithstanding, those networks were displaying indicators of decline—in a few circumstances, all yet disappearing. Eelke M. Heemskerk combines formal community research and interviews with key contributors of the company elite so one can study how this decline has affected Dutch capitalism. Even in a liberal marketplace economic climate, notwithstanding, company administrators desire social networks to speak and coordinate their strategic judgements, and Decline of the company neighborhood considers the shift of the company elite to the hot deepest and casual circles the place networking happens.

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First, the Dutch corporate regime is positioned vis-à-vis the well-studied German case. After that, the history and background of the Dutch corporate regime is discussed, with particular focus on its legal and social origins. This is followed by a similar section that deals specifically with governance of the financial sector. Finally, the peculiar relationship between ownership and control in the Netherlands is discussed, as it plays such an important role in the thinking on corporate governance.

More specifically, the pressures of ongoing internationalisation of business and finance and the concomitant call for shareholder-oriented markets will lead to durable institutional change only when the social network structures that support the shared belief of the corporate elite have changed accordingly. For instance, by increasing levels of foreign shareholders, corporations change their governance structures to meet international standards. From this perspective, the dynamics in the corporate regime are instigated by structural coercion, from ‘without’.

Marketisation embodies the strengthening belief in the universal efficacy of competition (Dore 2002). Chapter 1 discussed this in some depth. However, financialisation can be separated from this ongoing process of increased liberal market orientation. Dore defines financialisation as follows: Financialisation refers to the increasing dominance of the finance industry in the sum total of economic activity, of financial controllers in the management of corporations, of financial assets, of market securities, and particularly of equities, among financial assets, of the stock market as a market for corporate control in determining corporate strategies, and of fluctuations in the stock market as a determinant of business cycles’ (Dore 2002, p.

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