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Can credit rating agencies play a greater role in corporate governance disclosure?

Daniel Cash (Aston University, Birmingham, UK)

Corporate Governance

ISSN: 1472-0701

Article publication date: 23 August 2018

Issue publication date: 22 October 2018




The European Commission (EC) is currently examining methods to increase the effectiveness of corporate governance disclosures. This paper aims to examine whether the credit rating agencies (CRAs), both on account of their influence within the marketplace and also their methodological approach to rating Governance, may have a greater role to play in the EC achieving those particular objectives.


This paper is based upon a normative methodology, upon which the issue is contextualised and a proposal is put forward regarding a methodological alteration that can be instituted by the CRAs.


The paper finds that the CRAs may have a much greater role to play in meeting the objectives of the EC. Whilst the EC is focusing upon regulatory monitoring, the paper finds that there is a potential for a more efficient model within which the CRAs adapt their methodologies to include corporate governance disclosure into their rating processes.


In presenting the idea that the comply or explain principles put forward by the EC are proving to be somewhat ineffective, the paper contributes to the field by suggesting there are private endeavours which may add a sense of impact to disclosure proceedings, rather than the purely public regime being envisioned.



Cash, D. (2018), "Can credit rating agencies play a greater role in corporate governance disclosure?", Corporate Governance, Vol. 18 No. 5, pp. 954-964.



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