Deadlines and software: disentangling local government accounting reforms in Brazil Ricardo Azevedo Hot
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Publication date
May 26, 2020
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This paper shows how ongoing accounting reforms in Brazilian local governments were affected by a shift from a universal to a gradual implementation approach. Deadlines being postponed led to a decrease in local governments’ willingness to reform. This effect varied according whether the accountants involved depended on commercial software to operate a particular accounting policy. An important finding from this research was that software providers are to some extent setting the IPSAS implementation agenda in Brazil.

Moving deadlines for the adoption of new accounting rules and procedures had a major impact on public sector accounting reforms in Brazil. Politicians and mangers need to be aware of the importance of setting and sticking to deadlines, as well as backing up their deadlines with the necessary resources. More attention needs to be given to the design of IPSAS reform initiatives, as well as to the extent to which commercial software providers and private sector accounting firms can affect how governments are able to prioritize and implement accounting policies.
Preferred Citation
Azevedo, R. R. de, Aquino, A. C. B. de, Neves, F. R., & Silva, C. M. da. (2020). Deadlines and Software: disentangling local government accounting gradual reforms in Brazil. Public Money & Management, 1–17.
Accounting information system; accounting reform; accrual accounting; deadlines; gradual implementation; IPSAS; public financial management; public sector
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International Accounting / Accounting Harmonization
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Published paper

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