"Say on Pay” regulations and director remuneration: evidence from the UK in the past two decades

Wu, B. (H.T.) , MacNeil, I. and Chalaczkiewicz-Ladna, K. (2020) "Say on Pay” regulations and director remuneration: evidence from the UK in the past two decades. Journal of Corporate Law Studies, 20(2), pp. 541-577. (doi: 10.1080/14735970.2020.1754151)

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The UK was the first country to introduce so-called ‘say on pay’ regulation in 2002, by providing shareholders with an advisory vote on the Directors’ Remuneration Report. That approach recognised that disclosure alone was not an adequate regulatory response to the widening gap between directors’ pay and company performance nor to the broader political concern over the implications of this trend for social solidarity. A second stage in the evolution of the regime began in 2013 when shareholders were granted a binding vote on remuneration policy. In this article we present the results of the first longitudinal survey of the entire phase of ‘say on pay’ regulation in the UK to date. We examine the link between each stage of ‘say on pay’ regulation and the level and growth of directors’ remuneration. We conclude by linking our empirical evidence to broader developments in shareholder engagement with listed companies.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Chalaczkiewicz-Ladna, Dr Katarzyna and Wu, Dr Betty and MacNeil, Professor Iain
Authors: Wu, B. (H.T.), MacNeil, I., and Chalaczkiewicz-Ladna, K.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Accounting and Finance
College of Social Sciences > School of Law
Journal Name:Journal of Corporate Law Studies
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN (Online):1757-8426
Published Online:13 May 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor and Francis Group
First Published:First published in Journal of Corporate Law Studies 20(2): 541-577
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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