A critique of the influence of globalization and convergence of accounting standards in Fiji

Parmod Chand*, Chris Patel

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The globalization of the world's economies has inevitably brought with it moves to establish a single set of financial reporting standards. Prima facie, the formulation and promulgation of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) is concealed behind reified icons of "relevance." This chapter adds a new dimension to the international accounting debate by discussing themes of regulation, public and private interests, from a critical perspective. Specifically, this chapter examines the reasons for the willingness to accept IFRS in Fiji. A critical conception of "relevance" and "accountability" is developed to demonstrate how the needs of private interests' are met in adopting the IFRS. This study demonstrates that in this process of convergence, the influence of these private interests - multinational enterprises and large international accounting firms - can lead to a transfer of economic resources in their favor, wherein the public interests are usually ignored. The study offers suggestions on how public interest might be best served within the current financial reporting system and how, in principle, the needs to report both globally and locally can be reconciled.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAchieving global convergence of financial reporting standards
Subtitle of host publicationimplications from the south pacific region
EditorsParmod Chand, Chris Patel
Place of PublicationBingley, UK
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781780524436
ISBN (Print)9781780524429
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Publication series

NameStudies in Managerial and Financial Accounting
ISSN (Print)1479-3512

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Chand, P., & Patel, C. (2011). A critique of the influence of globalization and convergence of accounting standards in Fiji. In P. Chand, & C. Patel (Eds.), Achieving global convergence of financial reporting standards: implications from the south pacific region (pp. 31-50). (Studies in Managerial and Financial Accounting; Vol. 22). Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1479-3512(2011)0000022007