Adoption of the International Public Sector Accounting Standards in emerging economies and low-income countries: A structured literature review

Tobias Polzer*, Pawan Adhikari, Cong Phuong Nguyen, Levi Gårseth-Nesbakk

*Korrespondierende*r Autor*in für diese Arbeit

Publikation: Wissenschaftliche FachzeitschriftOriginalbeitrag in FachzeitschriftBegutachtung

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Abstract

Purpose
The aim of the study is to review the extant literature on International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) adoption in emerging economies (EEs) and low-income countries (LICs) (“what do we know?”), and to propose an agenda for future research (“what do we need to know?”).

Design/methodology/approach
An analytical framework that builds on diffusion theory is developed. The authors follow the “PRISMA Flow Diagram” to reduce a total of 427 articles from four databases to a final sample of 41 articles. These studies are examined, aided by the analytical framework.

Findings
The authors find that IPSASs are a relevant issue for EEs/LICs. Overall, existing research is often explorative. The authors discover that the majority of articles rely on secondary data collection. While two-thirds of the studies perform a content analysis of pre-existing material, about one-fifth of the articles each collect primary data through means of interviews and questionnaires. The findings offer a holistic understanding of where and at what stages IPSAS reforms stand in EEs/LICs, and what factors influence the progression of reforms to the next stage of diffusion.

Originality/value
The authors outline a number of avenues for further research after discussing the dominating trends and structuring the literature based on our analytical framework. These stem from looking at the blank spots and an identified need to contextualise IPSASs adoption in EEs/LICs.
OriginalspracheEnglisch
Seiten (von - bis)309-332
Seitenumfang24
FachzeitschriftJournal of Public Budgeting, Accounting & Financial Management
Jahrgang35
Ausgabenummer3
DOIs
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - Okt. 2023

Österreichische Systematik der Wissenschaftszweige (ÖFOS)

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