The purpose of this paper is to inquire into the history of government accounting, using a well-grounded periodisation, in order to provide a chronology of government accounting development (GAD) in Indonesia from 1845 to 2015 focusing on development on accounting regulations and systems and practices in local government in Indonesia.
It collects archival data and then uses a descriptive tradition of research to capture mainly regulatory changes affecting GAD from colonial to post-colonial period.
The paper reports major regulatory changes, evolution in local government accounting practice, development of government accounting standards (GASt) and converging GASs with international standards.
This study is important to accounting historians and other academics because it provides a detailed chronicle of accounting regulatory changes in Indonesia which can be used for future research. The limitation(s) of this study is that is data collection which was not easily accessible and as results have to rely on various sources.
The study has an important practical implication. It has produced a time series register of regulatory changes affecting GAD in Indonesia. It can be used as a reference document in the National Library of Indonesia and also by academics for future research.
A times series register, for the first time, is produced which provides a comprehensive chronology of accounting development in Indonesia.
Boolaky, P.K., Mirosea, N. and Singh, K. (2018), "On the regulatory changes in government accounting development in Indonesia: A chronology from colonisation and post-colonisation era", Journal of Accounting in Emerging Economies, Vol. 8 No. 3, pp. 387-411. https://doi.org/10.1108/JAEE-10-2017-0097Download as .RIS
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