2012 Proxy Season Under Way: Shareholder Advisory Firm ISS Serving as Corporate America’s Paymaster

In 2011, the Manhattan Institute launched its ProxyMonitor.org database, which catalogs shareholder proposals at America’s largest companies. Drawing upon information from the database, the Manhattan Institute has been examining a growing trend in shareholder activism wherein investors attempt to influence management and corporate practices through the shareholder voting process, sometimes in ways not directly related to maintaining or increasing shareholder value.

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