This book critically analyses the role of disclosure in strengthening corporate governance and accountability to determine whether a prescriptive system of disclosure is of greater efficacy than a voluntary regime. The research undertaken has been done on a qualitative and theory building basis. The purpose of the study is to examine how current and future legal reform can curb corporate governance shortcomings and contribute to a new more dependable mode of corporate governance. This requires a comparative analysis of the South African and English models which are voluntary (‘comply or explain’) regimes compared to the prescriptive American model of corporate governance (‘comply or else’). The foundational basis, definition and jurisdictional evolution of corporate governance is examined and analysed to ascertain the role of disclosure in relation to good governance. To facilitate this investigation a critical review of the legislative framework and reforms enacted locally (and offshore where applicable) is also undertaken. Disclosure as a concept is probed in terms of both a mandatory disclosure and voluntary disclosure regime.