Accounting colonization, emancipation and instrumental compliance in Nigeria

Ferry, Laurence, Haslam, Jim, Green, Stuart, Adegbite, Emmanuel, and Gebreiter, Florian (2021) Accounting colonization, emancipation and instrumental compliance in Nigeria. Critical Perspectives on Accounting, 77. 102201.

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This study explores the extent to which designs for accounting change and accounting colonization can be absorbed through a devious compliance/implementation that deflects new interpretive schemes. To do so, it conducts an in-depth analysis of two contrasting Nigerian public service organizational cases, in which there was an ostensible search for improvements in financial governance. While one of the cases indicates how accounting colonization involved change through an ostensibly coercive accounting design, the other case organization employed budget assurances to deliver public service consistent with an ostensibly more emancipatory design. In both cases, instrumental compliance with the accounting design did not occur during implementation as a devious compliance took hold. Consequently, the delivery of priorities was not exactly as intended. This study contributes to the theorising of emancipatory/oppressive accounting, including vis-à-vis accounting colonization, by providing evidence of both the coercive and emancipatory dimensions of accounting design in this context. In addition, it highlights the relevance of a closely observed and nuanced approach to analysing accounting in action, which is of significant importance to policy-makers and other social actors.

Item ID: 63514
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1095-9955
Keywords: accounting, colonization, emancipation, public services, Nigeria
Copyright Information: © 2020 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. In accordance with the publisher's policies, the Author Accepted Manuscript of this article is available Open Access from ResearchOnline@JCU from 6 July 2022, distributed under a Creative Commons Non-Commercial No Derivative Works license.
Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2020 03:52
FoR Codes: 35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3501 Accounting, auditing and accountability > 350104 International accounting @ 100%
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