The accounting figuration of business statistics as a foundation for the spread of economic ideas

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

30 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

The new accounting research has been devoted to illuminating the social and constitutive aspects of accounting. This has been done, however, in many cases, in the setting of micro managerial accounting. The effects of financial and macroeconomic accounting on modern economic society have not been examined in depth from an epistemological and critical viewpoint. This article attempts to develop a hypothesis that financial accounting (particularly, that of macro economic entities) has been centrally implicated in the process through which economic ideas and economic management have become ubiquitous in modern society. Accounting's power and the reason for its steady growth are sought in its various formalities rather than its representational capacity. Several factors that are considered to constitute the formalities form a self-perpetuating apparatus that facilitates the prevalence of accounting in modern economic society.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-95
Number of pages31
JournalAccounting, Organizations and Society
Volume28
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Accounting
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Information Systems and Management

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'The accounting figuration of business statistics as a foundation for the spread of economic ideas'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this