Making the Case for the Social Sciences 13: Accounting and Finance

This booklet comprises of 12 case studies that showcase the important contribution that research in accounting and finance makes to our society. It brings together some of the most authoritative work from prominent accounting and finance researches in the UK, including research from the University of Edinburgh, the University of Manchester, and Queen’s University Belfast, among others. Our longstanding collaboration with the British Accounting and Finance Association and the British Accounting Review has made this booklet possible.

Topics in the booklet include:

  • The shortcomings of Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) /Private Finance Initiative (PFI)
  • Investigating food fraud in food supply networks
  • Delivering cost effective healthcare
  • Testing the prevalence and nature of auditor clauses in private lending agreements
  • Improving aid effectiveness
  • Investigating risk culture in financial organisations
  • Progress in measuring financial inclusion
  • Understanding how financial anxieties worsen physical health
  • Credit unions in a modern financial services industry
  • Identifying the portfolio balance channel in the operation of monetary policy
  • Helping the charity sector succeed
  • Examining Social Impact Bonds to address social policy issues

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We launched the Making the Case series in 2010 in order to showcase the impact that is continually being made by excellent UK social science research. We have produced issues on a variety of topics, including education, dementia, mental wellbeing, management, longitudinal studies and sustainability, the environment and climate change. These booklets demonstrate a small snapshot of the positive impacts social science research has on public policy, while highlighting its benefit to society more generally.

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The publication of Making the Case for the Social Sciences – Accounting and Finance has been supported by the British Association of Accounting and Finance and its dedicated journal British Accounting Review (BAR). The research papers published in BAR have relevance for industry, professional bodies in accounting and finance, public services and charities and thus address the needs of society in general. The joint editors of the journal are proud that the journal has been able to extend its mission of contributing to the dissemination of important scholarly work by supporting the publication of this edition of Making the Case for the Social Sciences.