Publication Details

Cortese, C. L. (2009). The power of history: accounting standard setting and the extractive industries in Australia. The 1st Accounting History International Emerging Scholars' Colloquium (pp. 1-6). Siena, Italy: University of Siena.


The application of accounting standards assists in the production of financial information that is used as the basis for decision making by a wide variety of stakeholders. Viewed in this way, the process of setting accounting standards is critical because it will ultimately generate information that will shape people’s behaviour. Accounting standard setting processes have been analysed, applauded, and critiqued by many scholars in recent decades. Lobbying efforts of constituents have been scrutinised, the standard setting processes in different geographic regions have been analysed and compared, and the economic consequences of proposed accounting alternatives have been identified and debated.