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Determinants of information disclosure by Spanish state-owned enterprises in accordance with legal requirements

Javier Andrades (Department of Finance and Accounting, Universidad de Cadiz, Cadiz, Spain)
Domingo Martinez-Martinez (Department of Finance and Accounting, Universidad de Cadiz, Cadiz, Spain)
Manuel Larrán (Department of Finance and Accounting, Universidad de Cadiz, Cadiz, Spain)
Jesus Herrera (Department of Finance and Accounting, Universidad de Cadiz, Cadiz, Spain)

International Journal of Public Sector Management

ISSN: 0951-3558

Publication date: 2 August 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine how different variables can affect the amount of information reported by Spanish enterprises owned by the central state as well as by local and regional governments, all categorized as state-owned enterprises (SOEs).

Design/methodology/approach

Using, as a reference, the obligations of information disclosure contained in the Spanish Law 19/2013 on Transparency and Good Governance, the authors performed a web-content analysis of web pages of all Spanish SOEs and the authors examined a sample of Spanish enterprises owned by regional and local governments.

Findings

The results show that the amount of information reported by Spanish SOEs is quite reduced and limited. Among the variables examined, the most influential ones for explaining the amount of information reported are the nature of public ownership and the institutional size.

Originality/value

This study contributes to the literature by exploring the potential determinants of the online disclosure of mandatory information reported by enterprises whose ownership is shared by private and public organizations. Thus, this research could help public managers make decisions and improve public confidence.

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Citation

Andrades, J., Martinez-Martinez, D., Larrán, M. and Herrera, J. (2019), "Determinants of information disclosure by Spanish state-owned enterprises in accordance with legal requirements", International Journal of Public Sector Management, Vol. 32 No. 6, pp. 616-634. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJPSM-06-2018-0147

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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