A European View on the Legitimacy of Accounting Procedures: Towards a Deliberative-Accountability Framework for Analysis
Posted: 28 Feb 2010
Date Written: February 28, 2010
Accounting rules affect fundamental areas of social interaction encompassing groups that have diverse and conflicting interests regarding financial reporting. In the absence of a coherent social choice theory, concepts of legitimacy can be used to assess the acceptance of accounting standard-setting processes and their resulting norms. In this paper, we analyze the standard-setting process in Europe. Accounting rules in Europe are developed in a two-stage process involving both private standard-setting and public rule-making. From a structural perspective, the European Union (EU) is well positioned to develop legitimate accounting procedures. However, the original purpose and the ensuing legitimacy of its control mechanism are jeopardized when EU structures are used and sometimes abused for policy formation and the creation of EU-IFRS.
Keywords: accounting regulation, social choice theory, European Union, IFRS
JEL Classification: M41
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