Challenges of financialised firm behaviour for Capital Markets Union

Ismail Erturk (Collaborator)

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Capital Markets Union is a late but right project towards a truly single currency economic zone in the EU. However the CMU Green Paper chooses the wrong benchmark of US capital markets and is not based on evidence. The hegemonic corporate governance ideology of shareholder value maximisation that determines the financialised firm behaviour in the US has produced, since the 1980s, malign macro-economic outcomes resulting in lower private investments, lower wages, regular stock market crises and socially and economically costly misalignment of the interests of owners and controllers of capital. The financialisation literature has amply examined these processes and recently international institutions like OECD and Bank for International Settlement have confirmed the findings of the financialisation literature with their own empirical evidence. Therefore the CMU project needs to be based on a better foundation of corporate governance that encourages long-term investments and true alignment of all stakeholders’ and managers’ interests.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)196-201
Number of pages5
JournalLaw and Financial Markets Review
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2 Nov 2015


  • Capital Markets Union, Financialisation, European Union, Reform


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