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Democracy And Dysfunction: Rural Electric Cooperatives And The Surprising Persistence Of The Separation Of Ownership And Control, Randall S. Thomas, Debra C. Jeter, Harwell Wells Jan 2018

Democracy And Dysfunction: Rural Electric Cooperatives And The Surprising Persistence Of The Separation Of Ownership And Control, Randall S. Thomas, Debra C. Jeter, Harwell Wells

Vanderbilt Law School Faculty Publications

Since the 1930s, corporate law scholarship has focused narrowly on the public corporation and the problem of the separation of ownership and control-a problem many now believe has been mitigated or even solved. With rare exceptions, scholars have paid far less heed to other business forms that still play important roles in the American economy. In this Article, we examine a significant and almost completely overlooked business form, the Rural Electric Cooperative (REC). RECs were founded in a moment of optimism during the New Deal. As with other cooperatives, their organizational rules differed sharply from those of for-profit corporations. They ...