Glocalization of accounting standards: observations on neo-institutionalism of IPSAS

Rachel Baskerville, Giuseppe Grossi

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This paper defines and then observes processes of glocalization surrounding the adoption of International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) for public sector financial reporting. Glocalization can be best understood using sociological institutionalism, because this theory focuses on the retention of identity, and processes of legitimacy, during adaptation (diffusion) of standards. The paper discusses the history of standard-setting for the public sector in New Zealand to explain why this theory has value. IMPACT This paper defines and describes the utility of the concept of glocalization in analysing the implementation of IPSAS, with a New Zealand focus. The value of the paper is in its combination of a jurisdiction-specific experience with an understanding of the broader issues of 'global versus local' and processes of sociological institutionalism. Such studies of IPSAS adoption can offer distinctive perspectives on global processes of isomorphism within neo-institutional theory. This paper explains the advantages of flexible strategies to standard-setters.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-103
Number of pages8
JournalPublic Money & Management
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Economics and Business (502)


  • Glocalization
  • IFRS
  • New Zealand
  • neo-institutional theory


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