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Truer and fairer. Uninvited comments on invited comments


  • David Alexander


European Accounting Review Volume 2, Number 1, carried a special section on the true and fair view concept (TFV). This contained a number of invited comments on a paper by the present author. This new paper picks up the discussion from that point and comments on the comment papers, especially on the more critical points therein. This paper, while seeking to rebut a number of detailed points from commentators, argues as its central positive thesis that an overriding concept such as TFV is logically necessary if accounting in Europe is to fulfil a rational rather than an arational function. Finally a brief comment is made on the apparently fundamental disagreement arising between two cultures within Europe.

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  • David Alexander, 1996. "Truer and fairer. Uninvited comments on invited comments," European Accounting Review, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 5(3), pages 483-493.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:euract:v:5:y:1996:i:3:p:483-493 DOI: 10.1080/09638189600000030

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    1. Katarzyna Kosmala MacLullich, 2001. "Truth and Fairness in Accounting: A Case of Polish Transition Economy," CERT Discussion Papers 0102, Centre for Economic Reform and Transformation, Heriot Watt University.
    2. Dunk, Alan S. & Kilgore, Alan, 2000. "The Reintroduction of the True and Fair Override and Harmonization with IASC Standards in Australia: Lessons from the EU and Implications for Financial Reporting and International Trade," The International Journal of Accounting, Elsevier, vol. 35(2), pages 213-226, July.
    3. Lisa Evans & Rachel Baskerville & Katariina Nara, 2015. "Colliding Worlds: Issues Relating to Language Translation in Accounting and Some Lessons from Other Disciplines," Abacus, Accounting Foundation, University of Sydney, vol. 51(1), pages 1-36, March.

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