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Financial reporting is a complex issue. This free course, Influences on accounting regulation, looks at the historical development of financial regulation and reporting across Europe and the world. You will also examine how both Anglo-Saxon and 'commercial code' accounting have expanded to become the two main accounting systems used today.
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- identify factors that have influenced the development of financial reporting
- provide examples of how those factors have effected change in particular countries
- list a number of variables that affect the development of accounting rules in different jurisdictions
- explain the contingent model of accounting change
- apply the theories of accounting development to new situations.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 How regulation evolves
- 2 Why jurisdictions have different rules
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Influences on accounting regulation
This course examines how national practices for financial reporting have evolved and why different rules are in place within different jurisdications. In times past, imperialism and war have both been responsible for expanding financial rules across Europe and the world . More recently the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 in the United States has had the same, if unintentional, effect.
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This free course includes adapted extracts from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free Accounting and Finance courses or view the range of currently available OU Accounting and Finance courses.
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Originally published: Tuesday, 12th July 2011
Last updated on: Thursday, 11th February 2016
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