A Comparative Analysis of the Scope and Content of External Audit of Financial Reports Concerned with Spanish Regional Governments: Are the Existing Differences Related with their Financial Position and the Degree of Compliance with Budgetary Stability Ru

  • Jose Manuel Vela-Bargues Universitat Politèncica de València
  • Rosa María Dasí-González Universitat de València, Facultat d’Econmia
  • Amparo Gimeno-Ruíz Universitat de València, Facultat d’Econmia
Keywords: external audit in the public sector, Spanish regional governments, financial position, budgetary and stability rules, regional audit institutions, court of accounts


The external audit of financial reports concerned with Spanish Regional Governments is characterized by a high degree of heterogeneity. The scope of the reports, their content and their structure present significant differences. In some regions, the audit reports are issued by regional audit institutions, while in others, that have not yet developed those audit regional bodies, reports are approved and issued by the Central Government Audit Supreme Court of Accounts .This paper pursues a double purpose. On the one hand, to classify Spanish Regional Governments according to the development of their auditing systems, taking into account the scope and content of the reports issued by the different audit institutions. On the other hand, the aim to establish a relationship between (a) the degree of development of the different external audit systems and (b) the financial position of each region and their degree of compliance with budgetary stability rules.


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