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Framing Value of Things and Making Things Valuable

My experiences at Asian floating markets have included constant conversations between me and merchants, and thereafter between me and myself, such as: “How much is it?”  — “How much do you want to give me?”, he replies. “How much was … Continue reading

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The early Karl Polanyi: Interpreting “Socialist Accounting”

We are all Polanyians now. Karl Polanyi is probably one of the most famous theorists among social scientists today. It is almost impossible not to come across Polanyi’s citations and references in a very wide range of researches over the last … Continue reading

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Accounting truth

AIG Vice Chairman Jacob Frenkel: “The left side of the balance sheet has nothing right and the right side of the balance sheet has nothing left. But they are equal to each other. So accounting-wise we are fine” (2008) *** … Continue reading

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Debt is a Product of Power Relations

Debt is a product of power relations which inherently exhibits capturing and dominating mechanisms of subordination, appropriation and exploitation in various societal, political and economic fields. Debt is degrading institutional tool which not merely controls and masters labor in advance, it also self- and socially … Continue reading

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Tax avoidance as “tax planning”: global accounting firms on the make

About 21 trillion dollars hoarded by wealthy elites in secretive offshore jurisdictions to avoid taxes in their home countries. The offshore hoard is protected by a highly-paid, industrious bevy of professional enablers in the private banking, legal, accounting, and investment … Continue reading

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History of Profit in the US: Corporations, Accounting and Capital

The case of The United Steel Workers of America v. The United States Steel Corporation (1980) concerned the closing of two steel mills. The steelworkers claimed U.S. Steel had promised to keep the two mills open so long as they … Continue reading

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‘Performativity thesis’: Accounting’s mediating role in bringing theoretical statements from economics into life

An interesting “The ‘performativity thesis’ and its critics: Towards a relational ontology of management accounting” by Ed Vosselman, explores accounting’s mediating role in bringing theoretical statements from economics into life. The paper addresses the so-called performativity thesis that claims that economic … Continue reading

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“Governance across Borders: Transnational Fields and Transversal Themes”

What is global and what is local in contemporary capitalism? What makes markets tick? How can we regulate finance? Who owns knowledge? What makes expertise? How can we protect the environment and fight poverty? Governance across Borders: Transnational Fields and … Continue reading

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Accountants’ Truth: Knowledge and Ethics In The Financial World

Accounting is the language of business, increasingly standardized across the world through powerful global corporations: a technical skill used to reach the correct, unquestionable answer. Yet, as recent corporate scandals have shown, a whole range of financial professionals (auditors, bankers, … Continue reading

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