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This book goes behind and beyond the current G20 discourse on global economic governance, to identify the real challenges and propose concrete solutions to improve global financial safety.
Crisis in Governance
Business Ethics and the Race for Profit
250 pages;   6 1/2" x 9 1/2"


The business world has suffered from manic-depressive illness for at least a quarter of a century. Economic contractions follow speculative manias, but as soon as we are in an economic contraction, corporations and markets try to identify the next investment wave, - the next mania that will drive up stock prices, profit and compensation.

The global crisis that started in 2008 has exposed the contradiction between the ethical stance of the corporate world and the considerable damage caused by excessive risk-taking in the race for profit. This crisis was by no means unique. New profit opportunities always fuel bubbles and crises, because profit-making takes precedence over risk management.

This book is an exploration of the corporate failures of several crises. It attempts to propose reforms to rebalance power within corporations - giving more weight to risk and compliance functions - and also to better regulate corporations, such as rating agencies and audit firms, that contribute to the formation of public trust in financial markets. Better corporate governance can only be ensured by better regulatory governance at the global level. Taking stock of the achievements but also the limitations of the G20 governance model, the author proposes an international convention on corporate governance, using the leverage of coordinated stock exchange regulation to improve corporate governance and try to prevent future crises.

About The Author:

FRANCOIS VALÉRIAN is a former investment banker with BNP Paribas and partner with Accenture, the global consulting firm. He also led the private sector programmes at Transparency International, a non-governmental organization that fights corruption. He graduated from Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole des Mines de Paris in France, and holds a PhD in early modern history.


This monograph on ethics and corporate governance provides a thorough discussion of the problems in risk management and profit driven decision making that led to the recent financial crisis and outline improvements in international regulation and internal corporate conduct that must be implemented to avoid future disasters. Valerian is a former international investment banker and anti-corruption advocate.   -- Reference and Research Book News , April 2012