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Control over accounting standards within the European Union: The political controversy surrounding the adoption of IFRS 8

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This paper presents an analysis of the struggle for power within the international accounting arena by examining a highly politicised debate surrounding the adoption of International Financial Reporting Standard (IFRS) 8, Operating Segments, which saw the European Union (EU) attempting to contest the authority of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB). Informed by a broadly institutional approach, the paper reports the results of interviews with preparers, legislators, regulators, auditors and users about the introduction of IFRS 8 and focuses on how the European Parliament (EP) required the European Commission (EC) to initiate its own consultation procedures as part of a new endorsement process. Findings from this study highlight how the debate over the adoption of IFRS 8 led to the EU implementing a structure that is arguably more aligned to the European tradition of State involvement in the regulatory process. In this sense, while the EU's position vis-à-vis the IASB remains relatively weak, they have, however, initiated a forum whereby the pronouncements of the IASB can be contested. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Crawford L, Ferguson J, Helliar CV, Power DM

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Critical Perspectives on Accounting

Year: 2014

Volume: 25

Issue: 4-5

Pages: 304-318

Print publication date: 01/07/2014

Online publication date: 28/03/2014

Acceptance date: 06/03/2014

ISSN (print): 1045-2354

ISSN (electronic): 1095-9955

Publisher: Academic Press


DOI: 10.1016/


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