The impact of political connections on the quality of corporate governance
by Saidatou Dicko
International Journal of Corporate Governance (IJCG), Vol. 7, No. 3, 2016

Abstract: This study examines whether the quality of governance of politically connected firms is different from the quality of governance of firms that have no political connections. Based on S&P/TSX firms from 2010 to 2014, and using the Institutional Shareholder Services Governance Index, our study shows that politically connected firms have higher risk levels associated with the overall governance index than non-connected firms. More specifically, the risk in politically connected firms is greater with respect to shareholders' rights and structure of compensation indexes. However, no significant difference between politically connected and non-connected firms was noted in terms of governance risk related to board structure or audit and risk oversight indexes. The risk associated with structure of compensation and shareholders' rights is higher than that associated with other aspects of governance (board structure, audit and risk oversight).

Online publication date: Mon, 28-Nov-2016

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