Political Economy of Accounting - Previous and Potential Research from the Perspective of a Lobbying Approach
Journal fuer Betriebswirtschaft, Vol. 59, No. 1. pp. 1-29, 2009
Posted: 6 Jul 2010
Date Written: April 1, 2009
Particularly in the field of German research tradition concerning financial accounting thoughts about interpretation and development of standards are focal points. Along with the appearance of the information economics it became apparent that financial accounting is not only a technical vehicle but a social institution. By making accounting information publicly available it may have an effect on the distribution of economic income. Insofar the presumption is feasible that those players influence standard-setting whose welfare is directly affected by it.
The above mentioned view that is rarely noted in the German-speaking countries is followed by the research approach so called ‘Political Economy of Accounting’. Aim of this research approach is to explain the complex standard-setting process by considering the different par-ties within a society. The article at hand contributes to sum up state-of-the-art advancements in the field of scientific discourse concerned and provides an outlook on perspectives in this research area.
Keywords: Political Economy of Accounting, regulation, lobbying, regulation process, empirical accounting research
JEL Classification: M41, M48
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