Governmental accounting in Malta towards IPSAS within the context of the European Union Josette Caruana Hot
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July 17, 2015
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The central Government of Malta has had an accrual accounting reform in process since 1999. Originally, the accrual accounting reform envisaged developing and implementing a tailor-made set of accounting standards. These were developed but not implemented. In 2011 the central Government of Malta decided instead to fully adopt IPSAS. By means of documentary research, supported by interviews, this study tries to identify the underlying factors that led to this decision. The institutional theoretical framework is used to analyse the findings. The findings show that, in Malta, credibility is regarded as the most important factor, which will be provided by the adoption of internationally recognised and accepted standards. It is claimed that EU pressure had nothing to do with the Maltese government’s decision on accounting policy, but an undercurrent of such potential pressure is experienced.
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Jones, R and Caruana, J. (2015) Governmental accounting in Malta towards IPSAS within the context of the European Union. International Review of Administrative Sciences, Published online before print July 17, 2015, doi: 10.1177/0020852315576705
accounting reform; accounting standards; EPSAS; ESA; governmental financial reporting
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International Accounting / Accounting Harmonization
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