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Setting UK standards on the concept of control: an analysis of lobbying behaviour

Stenka, R. and Taylor, P. (2010) Setting UK standards on the concept of control: an analysis of lobbying behaviour. Accounting and Business Research, 40 (2). pp. 109-130. ISSN 2159-4260

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1080/00014788.2010.9663387


The present study aims to contribute to an understanding of the complexity of lobbying activities within the accounting standard-setting process in the UK. The paper reports detailed content analysis of submission letters to four related exposure drafts. These preceded two accounting standards that set out the concept of control used to determine the scope of consolidation in the UK, except for reporting under international standards. Regulation on the concept of control provides rich patterns of lobbying behaviour due to its controversial nature and its significance to financial reporting. Our examination is conducted by dividing lobbyists into two categories, corporate and non-corporate, which are hypothesised (and demonstrated) to lobby differently. In order to test the significance of these differences we apply ANOVA techniques and univariate regression analysis. Corporate respondents are found to devote more attention to issues of specific applicability of the concept of control, whereas non-corporate respondents tend to devote more attention to issues of general applicability of this concept. A strong association between the issues raised by corporate respondents and their line of business is revealed. Both categories of lobbyists are found to advance conceptually-based arguments more often than economic consequences-based or combined arguments. However, when economic consequences-based arguments are used, they come exclusively from the corporate category of respondents.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Henley Business School > Business Informatics, Systems and Accounting
ID Code:36297
Uncontrolled Keywords:consolidated financial statements, accounting standards, lobbying

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