Apparently yes, according to the coalition government in the UK:
The Deputy Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon Nick Clegg MP, delivered a speech in London today in which he reflected on "responsible capitalism" and argued that shareholders should "behave like business owners rather than absentee landlords": see here.
I'd like to make Clegg reflect on my posts Will New Tools Help Small Shareholders Topple Giants and Shareholder Activism by Retail Investors. He'd learn two valuable things: (1) shareholders are not owners and (2) both sound social policy and rational shareholders themselves prefer that shareholders be passive investors rather than activists. Assuming, of course, that politicians are capable of learning.