This book examines the way in which professional work - specifically accountancy - has been affected by the changes within the global economy over the last twenty years. It examines the commercialisation of accountancy, finding it directly related to the shift by capital away from the consensus it had entered into with labour during the post-war boom. The book argues that this transformation polarised the class structure of the advanced economies and seeks to explain the impact this transformation has had on the socialisation and promotional processes currently experienced by one group of professionals who have benefited from this change. In doing so, it puts forward a coherent explanation for the loss of auditor independnece and hence to the increase in auditing failures. The book also argues that what accountancy has experienced may increasingly emerge in other professions including medicine, law and teaching, as governments seek to expose them to market forces.
|Publisher:||Palgrave Macmillan UK|
|Product dimensions:||5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)|
Table of ContentsList of Figures - List of Tables - The Post Industrial Mirage: Polarisation and the Rise of the Producer Service Economy - The Formation of a Polarised Profession: Economic Concentration and Geographic Dispersal within Accountancy - Accountancy as an Elite Labour Process within Flexible Accumulation - Flexible Accumulation and the Emergence of the Commercialised Professional - Accountancy and the International Division of Labour - Accountants and the Class Structure: To Serve or be Served? That is the Question - Conclusion - Appendix 1 - Appendix 2 - Appendix 3 - Endnotes - Bibliography