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Fri Jan 13, 2012, 11:06 AM Jan 2012
Great CNN opinion piece: What kind of capitalist is Romney?http://www.cnn.com/2012/01/13/opinion/lind-romney-bain/index.html
The choice is between "stakeholder capitalism" and "shareholder capitalism." According to the theory of stakeholder capitalism, corporations are and should be quasi-public entities with responsibilities to the nation-state and to the communities in which they are embedded. The corporation should make a profit and provide a fair return to investors. At the same time, workers who contribute their labor to the company have a legitimate interest in it as well as investors who provide capital. Managers serve the company and the country, not merely the investors.
In the theory of "shareholder capitalism," the corporation exists solely for the purpose of the investors, whom the managers serve as agents. In shareholder capitalism, short-term profits are the only goal, and if that means laying off workers instead of retraining them or reassigning them, breaking up the company and selling the assets to enrich private equity partners and shareholders, so be it.
The stakeholder conception of the firm is still the norm in Europe and East Asia, as it was in mid-20th century America. But beginning in the 1970s, the shareholder conception of capitalism prevailed in the United States.
As a practitioner of the shareholder capitalism of the last generation, Mitt Romney as president would probably support policies that assume that the short-term interests of investors like Bain are identical to the long-term interests of the economy. By the same token, he would probably resist policies that increased the influence of managers, workers and local communities over companies at the expense of shareholders and financiers.
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Great CNN opinion piece: What kind of capitalist is Romney? (Original Post) highplainsdem Jan 2012 OP
I know! I know! DCKit Jan 2012 #1
He's a New World Order capitalist - a global fascist. blm Jan 2012 #2
K & R Scurrilous Jan 2012 #3