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The Governance Revolution by Deborah Midanek

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Chapter 2 The Emergence of the Corporation in United States

We have now tiptoed quickly through the guild halls to the age of exploration, wandered through colonization, and into the industrial age. We have been talking about structures that married government goals with structures that incentivized private pursuit of them, and along the way may have built a good deal of independent power. As the colonies moved through the revolution and out the other side, learning to operate as a confederation of states, we see different agendas emerge.

The following sections of this book will take the reader through the first 150 years of corporate evolution in America, to help shed light on how contemporary board practices and the varied perceptions of what ...

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