The (Misunderstood) genius of american corporate law Academic Article uri icon


  • In this Reply, I respond to comments by Bill Bratton, Larry Cunningham, and Todd Henderson on my recent paper - Trapped in a Metaphor: The Limited Implications of Federalism for Corporate Governance. I begin by reiterating my basic thesis - that state competition should be understood to have little consequence for corporate governance, if (as charter competition's advocates assume) capital-market-driven managerial competition is also at work. I then consider some of the thoughtful critiques of this claim, before suggesting ways in which the comments highlight just the kind of comparative institutional analysis my paper counsels. Rather than a stark choice between a race in one direction or another, institutional design in corporate law requires a more careful analysis of how precisely state competition benefits the modern public corporation, as well as of its resulting limitations.

published proceedings

  • George Washington Law Review

complete list of authors

  • Ahdieh, RB

publication date

  • April 2009