Financial Reporting in the UK
A History of the Accounting Standards Committee, 1969-1990
Routledge – 2007 – 438 pages
Written by a well-known author, this book makes a major contribution to the history of financial reporting, exploring the current and international aspects of standard setting.
Compiled through consultation of a considerable amount of relevant literature and interviews with a large number of key players of the ASC, it analyzes the big ‘set battles’ between standard setters and preparers of financial statements, over topics such as price change accounting, goodwill, and leasing and foreign currency translation, the stand-offs which delayed development in specific areas and the smaller skirmishes which impeded the work of improving financial reporting.
It covers a range of topics, including:
A fine account of the period following the 1960s, charting the history of the Accounting Standards Committee, this book is an essential resource for business and finance students.
1. 'Present Troubles and More to Come' 2. The Invention of the Accounting Standard 3. Honeymoon Period: 1970-1974 4. Accounting for Changing Prices: The Struggle Begins 5. The Holy Grail 6. The Going Gets Tougher: 1975-1979 7. Reforming the System 8. The Art of the Possible: 1980-1984 9. Accounting for Changing Prices: The Struggle Continues and Ends Badly 10. Losing Steam? 1985-1990 11. Setting Accounting Standards 1969-1990: Technical and Political Realms