The Recent Reform of Spanish Local Governmental Accounting: A Critical Perspective from Local Governmental Accountants As Internal Users Of Budgeting And Financial Accounting Information.

  • Jose Manuel Vela-Bargues Polytechnic University of Valencia
  • Rosa María Dasí-González Universitat de València, Facultat d’Econmia
  • Amparo Gimeno-Ruíz Universitat de València, Facultat d’Econmia
Keywords: usefulness of accounting information, budgetary accounting, accrual accounting, local government accountants, local government, Spain


Local Government Accounting and Financial Reporting in Spain has been recently reformed by the new Accounting Instructions published in 2103 and in force since the 1st of January 2015. Once the financial reports corresponding to 2016 fiscal year have been published, the main purpose of this paper is to empirically evaluate, the perceptions and opinions that local governmental accountants have about the recent reform. Our analysis has found a clear gap between the aims of the reform and the opinion of local governmental accountants, who consider the system too complex and clearly biased towards financial accounting information.

Author Biography

Jose Manuel Vela-Bargues, Polytechnic University of Valencia

Ph. D, Professor, Universitat Politèncica de València. Camino de Vera s/n, 46022 Valencia, Spain, email:


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