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Book Review: European Company Law: Towards Democracy? , by Charlotte Villiers. (Ashgate, Aldershot, 1998)

Book Review: European Company Law: Towards Democracy? , by Charlotte Villiers. (Ashgate,... EUROPEAN PUBLIC LAW Charlotte Villiers, European Company Law: Towards Democracy? (Ashgate, Aldershot, 1998) xii + 260 pp., ISBN 1-85521-603-5, hb £45; ISBN 1-85521-614-0 pb £18.50 Few company lawyers can have failed to recognize the significant influence which EC legislation has exerted upon UK company law since the early 1960s. The fundamental reform of the ultra vires rule and the introduction of the single member company are but two examples of the changes which have resulted from the implementation of EC directives. The piecemeal introduction of these measures into the existing structure of UK company law, however, bas tended to obscure the wider objective of EC company law legislation. As part of a programme of measures designed to facilitate the operation of the common market through the approximation of the company laws of Member States, EC company law legislation can only be understood, and its success evaluated, by reference to its impact upon the legal frameworks of all Member States. Charlotte Villiers attempts to provide this wider perspective on the EC harmonization programme through a description of its development and a comparative account of its impact upon both UK and Spanish company law. The explicit aims of the book, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Public Law Kluwer Law International

Book Review: European Company Law: Towards Democracy? , by Charlotte Villiers. (Ashgate, Aldershot, 1998)

European Public Law , Volume 5 (4) – Dec 1, 1999

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EUROPEAN PUBLIC LAW Charlotte Villiers, European Company Law: Towards Democracy? (Ashgate, Aldershot, 1998) xii + 260 pp., ISBN 1-85521-603-5, hb £45; ISBN 1-85521-614-0 pb £18.50 Few company lawyers can have failed to recognize the significant influence which EC legislation has exerted upon UK company law since the early 1960s. The fundamental reform of the ultra vires rule and the introduction of the single member company are but two examples of the changes which have resulted from the implementation of EC directives. The piecemeal introduction of these measures into the existing structure of UK company law, however, bas tended to obscure the wider objective of EC company law legislation. As part of a programme of measures designed to facilitate the operation of the common market through the approximation of the company laws of Member States, EC company law legislation can only be understood, and its success evaluated, by reference to its impact upon the legal frameworks of all Member States. Charlotte Villiers attempts to provide this wider perspective on the EC harmonization programme through a description of its development and a comparative account of its impact upon both UK and Spanish company law. The explicit aims of the book,

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Published: Dec 1, 1999

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