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Fourth, important differences reign at the level of poison pills and other antitake-over measures. S. is often cited as the example of governance monitoring by an active market for take-overs, there is in fact no legislation facilitating these take-overs. On the contrary, there is extensive State legislation, which discourages take-overs. K. K. Shareholder activists have a more important influence than would be expected on the basis of their shareholding percentage. It seems that their influence on regulation and laws is prominent33.

And second, according to Handy (1997), the issue is not so much with convergence toward the outsider system but with convergence toward a mixed system. His arguments are that a consensus model will emerge due to the paradigm shift within the knowledge society. This paradigm shift is characterised by different factors: In the knowledge society, there is a paradigm shift from the supremacy of capital to one of knowledge and entrepreneurship. This leads to the end of the typical conflict model of capital versus labour, characteristic of the industrial society, and introduces a new role model of a more co-operative and democratic character.

Although companies across Europe increasingly rely on external finance as a common trend, national stock exchange initiatives still differ from each other within the European Union. However, some important consolidations of stock markets appeared. The Amsterdam Stock Exchange, the Paris Bourse and the Brussels Exchanges merged to form Euronext. Later, the "Bolsa de Valores de Lisboa e Porto" joined Euronext52. The consolidation movement continued with the acquisition London International Financial Futures and Options Exchange (Liffe) by Euronext.

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