The global financial crisis underlines the relevance of accounting standards as much more than instrumental rules for corporate reporting. This important book details the accounting standards that embody societal and professional values and contribute to the distribution of financial benefits that put international harmonization of standards into the limelight. Sebastian Botzem reveals that international standards have emerged after decades of contest and political bargaining, which resulted in closely aligned standards, voluntary consultation procedures and a network structure comprising actors mainly stemming from global auditing firms, regulators and international organizations.
This interdisciplinary book uniquely focuses on the organizational structures and procedures to enable transnational rule setting in accounting, which will prove invaluable to accounting practitioners. Researchers and students in accounting studies, international political economy and economic sociology will find this compendium an informative resource.