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Accounting: what balance is there between universality and contingency?

Alain Burlaud () and Geneviève Causse
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Alain Burlaud: Conservatoir national des arts et métiers
Geneviève Causse: Université Paris-Est Creteil et ESCP Europe

The Audit Financiar journal, 2018, vol. 16, issue 149, 89

Abstract: The question regarding the universal or contingent character of accounting is essential because it determines one of the dimensions of the governance of organizations. The first part of the article shows the dynamics of universality, that is, the movement towards a single set of global standards. The second part shows the limits of this movement and, conversely, the relevance of standards adjusted to local contingencies and coercions. Finally, the third part deals with the balance between these two concepts of accounting.

Keywords: accounting; universality; contingency (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: M40 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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