Accounting and Distributive Justice (Routledge Studies in Accounting #8) (Hardcover)

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Accounting and Distributive Justice challenges the basic assumptions on which the current practice of financial reporting is based. It argues that the objective of financial reporting should be to contribute to the achievement of distributive justice and not the optimal allocation of resources as in the traditional capitalist paradigm. It explains in non-technical terms the principle philosophical theories of justice and argues that a firm has a moral responsibility to seek distributive justice in its dealings with its shareholders, employees, suppliers, customers, and other people with whom it has dealings, who are considered to be the firm's stakeholders. The book introduces concepts of distributive justice to accountants and provokes them into reflecting on how the discipline of accounting can best serve the cause of justice. Accounting and Distributive Justice provides both a philosophical foundation and a practical game plan for the future of a more sustainable accounting practice.

About the Author

John Flower is former Professor of Accounting at the University of Bristol and Director of the Centre for Research in European Accounting, Brussels. He has written several authoritative books on financial reporting, including Global Financial Reporting and European Financial Reporting.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780415871778
ISBN-10: 0415871778
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: May 5th, 2010
Pages: 202
Language: English
Series: Routledge Studies in Accounting