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Corporate governance is the subject of a burgeoning literature. Accordingly it is impossible to summarise an entire field in a book of readings. For this reason, I have focused this selection of readings on the financial reporting aspects of corporate governance, which marries two of my research interests. Given the speed of change in the area of corporate governance, generally-speaking the volume of readings is skewed towards more recent publications. However, some seminal material is included from which a considerable amount of corporate governance empirical research was derived, especially Jensen and Meckling (1976), Fama & Jensen (1983) and Jensen (1993). Denis (2001) suggests that the groundswell for research on corporate governance by financial economists stated with Jensen and Meckling’s (1976) paper on the theory of the firm and featuring agency theory.
This is a focussed interdisciplinary compilation of readings which brings together corporate governance and financial reporting, and issues of accountability. It does not comprise a broad coverage of all corporate governance issues. Instead, it takes a narrower perspective, concentrating only on those corporate governance mechanisms influencing financial reporting and accountability.