- Paper Title: Accounting standards during the global financial crisis of 2008-9: the political dimension.
- Department Affiliation: Accounting and Corporate Governance
- Supervisor: Associate Professor Elaine Evans
To study political aspects of accounting standard setting.
This aspect of the global financial crisis has not been addressed by the literature before.
Key literature/theoretical perspective:
Critical perspectives on accounting
The thesis papers focus on the history of mark-to-market accounting during the global financial crisis from 2008 to 2010. Banks claimed that mark-to-market had caused or exacerbated the crisis. Those opposed to the banks (accounting professionals, standard setters, advocacy groups) claimed that mark-to-market gave appropriate valuations of financial businesses that had mismanaged their own investment risks. Despite these defenses, in October 2008 and April 2009 mark-to-market was severely downgraded by standard setters in the US and the International Accounting Standards Board. This expo presentation focuses on a content analysis of comment letters concerning mark-to-market that were sent to the US Securities and Exchange Commission during the crisis.
Implications for accounting standard policy
Practical and social implications:
Understanding of political activity
Standards, Accounting, Politics, Global, Crisis.