Comparative International Governmental Accounting Research Network

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14th CIGAR Workshop

SAVE THE DATE: CIGAR 2018 WORKSHOP 5-6 JULY 2018 in Zagreb, Croatia

Dear CIGAR scholar,

We would like to draw your attention to the 14th CIGAR Workshop, which will be held in Zagreb, Croatia, on July 5-6, 2018 at the Faculty of Economics and Business. The Workshop will be preceded by the PhD colloquium, on July 4, 2018.

The theme of the Workshop is "Accounting for Budgeting and Fiscal Responsibility“.

The deadline for abstract submissions is the 10th of March 2018.

The call for papers and all details about the workshop and colloquium are now available at the workshop website:

For any additional queries regarding the submission, please contact us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We hope to see all of you in Zagreb!

Best regards,

Vesna Vašiček, also on behalf of Gorana Roje, Martina Dragija Kostić, Sanja Broz Tominac

(The CIGAR 2018 Workshop Local Organizing Committee members)

Book "Financial Sustainability of Public Sector Entities: The Relevance of Accounting Frameworks" - Call for chapters

The co-editors of the book "Financial Sustainability of Public Sector Entities: The Relevance of Accounting Frameworks" Josette Caruana, Isabel Brusca, Eugenio Caperchione, Sandra Cohen, Francesca Manes Rossi have announced a call for chapters.

The chapters in the book should seek to answer research questions such as:

  • How can the IPSAS framework contribute towards better financial planning that supports financial sustainability?
  • To what extent can long-term financial plans meet the qualitative characteristics of financial reports as identified in the IPSASB Conceptual Framework?
  • In what ways can the measurement and recognition criteria identified in the IPSASB Conceptual Framework contribute towards realistic financial planning?
  • Which reporting frameworks may prove useful in assisting policy makers to derive appropriate measures for public services and assist their financial planning conducive to financial sustainability?
  • How can Institutions make reporting frameworks more robust so that financial reports contribute effectively towards better planning and policy making?
  • How can new reporting tools (for example, popular reporting, integrated reporting, sustainability reporting and intellectual capital reporting) be used to actively involve citizens in achieving sustainability?
  • Are accounting systems in place (for example, management accounting systems) adequate in providing information suitable for financial sustainability?
  • Are the new reporting trends suitable to provide information for sustainability?
  • Are there statistical models that would be suitable to assess the level of financial sustainability in a multifaceted way?

Chapter proposals (of between 800 and 1,200 words, including references) are expected by 1st October 2017.

The book is part of the Palgrave Macmillan book series Public Sector Financial Management

For more information click here

The challenging task of developing European Public Sector Accounting Standards


Guest Editors: Josette Caruana (University of Malta), Eugenio Caperchione (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy), Susana Jorge (University of Coimbra, Portugal)

The European Commission has embarked on the project to develop harmonised public sector accounting standards, that will be applicable for all EU member states.
According to Eurostat, the EPSAS are a necessary tool for fiscal and budgetary integration in the EU, and are required for more rigorous, transparent and comparable
reporting of information. The ultimate objective is to have more reliable reporting by EU member states, regarding the debt and deficit levels as required by the Treaty that binds them. In order for the EPSAS to be viewed as building blocks that could bridge the gap between micro- and macro-reporting levels, the input of various disciplines is required so that EPSAS achieve this ambitious target.

The aim of this Special Issue is to stimulate a more holistic debate about the reforms and innovations at all governmental levels and public sector organizations in Europe (central government, regional governments, local governments, public agencies, public hospitals and public universities).

We invite papers within the broad area of innovation in public sector accounting regarding the development of European standards, which may have policy relevant implications in order to obtain more transparent and comparable financial information in Europe, namely research works that fall within the fields of budgeting, financial accounting, reporting and auditing.

The following are possible questions that could be addressed in the papers. This list is not exhaustive:

• The contributions of various disciplines in the development of EPSAS; in other words, the requirement for a multi-disciplinary research platform;
• The function of EPSAS in relation to Europe’s national accounting systems;
• The challenges of adopting accounting standards both at national and international level (i.e.: IPSAS; EPSAS; national reforms), which includes the harmonization of governmental accounting;
• Innovations in accounting and budgeting for public sector entities;
• The role of Auditing in Public Financial Management systems;
• Experiences in the adoption of popular reporting, integrated reporting, sustainability reporting and performance reporting in public institutions.

Papers that fall within the general scope of EPSAS development and the comparability of governmental financial reporting and budgeting within the EU are also welcome.

Authors should submit their papers by 31st March 2018 to Accounting in Europe
( according to the journal guidelines.

Preannouncement of the Special issue in Baltic Journal of Management

Accounting and performance management innovations in public sector organizations

Guest editors: Anatoli Bourmistrov, Nord University; Giuseppe Grossi, Kristianstad University; Toomas Haldma, Tartu University

Globally large number of countries underwent radical and sustained economic and regulatory changes during the last decades. These countries have experienced different degrees of economic development, regulatory and public sector reforms, and other peculiarities stemming from their history, culture, languages and identities. We believe that this research setting offers a great opportunity to investigate how incentives change and impact public sector accounting and performance management practices. We are interested in understanding how these changes affect providers (accountants, controllers, consultants, etc.) and users (politicians, public managers, auditors, etc.) of accounting and performance information and have implications for their work. There is still a lack of research studying the measurement of public value and public performance, the strategic planning, budgeting, control, and reporting of public services provided by the public sector organizations in co-production with users, or by hybrids and similar inter-institutional settings, and the role played by new forms of “dialogic” accounting and budgeting in ensuring democratic governance, transparency and citizen participation.

We invite papers using different theoretical approaches that investigate the changes in accounting, budgeting and control mechanisms, its regulatory and institutional reforms, enforcement difficulties and their impact on the innovative practices in different levels of governments (state, regions and local governments, etc.), and policy areas (as primary and higher education, health care, etc.). We particularly encourage comparative studies highlighting causes and consequences of similarities and differences across countries, policy areas and providers of public services (public, private and hybrid organizations).

Topics could include, but are not limited to:
- Innovations in performance budgeting, performance management and reporting in public sector;
- The internal and external drivers and barriers to innovation in public sector accounting and performance management;
- The effects of technological change on accounting and performance management;
- The impact of global economic crisis on accounting and performance management innovations;
- The changing role and identities of providers and users of accounting and performance management tools;
- The development and use of new forms of “dialogic” accounting and performance management in ensuring democratic governance, transparency and citizen participation.

All theoretical framework and methodological designs are welcome. Authors should bear in mind the publication policy of Baltic Journal of Management, which focuses on papers that are relevant to practice and policy. Papers must be submitted in English.

Authors should submit their papers by November 01, 2017 to Baltic Journal of Management ( according to the journal guidelines. Feedback for the papers submitted to the Comparative International Governmental Accounting Research (CIGAR) conference will be provided in a panel section in conjunction with the conference organised in Porto during 8-9 June 2017. Please be aware that presentation at the Conference does not guarantee acceptance of the paper for publication in special issue of Baltic Journal of Management. The participation in the Conference is not a precondition for submitting a manuscript to the special issue. Five-six papers after a double-blind review process will be published in a special issue of Baltic Journal of Management in 2019.


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