Facilitative reforms, democratic accountability, social accounting and learning representative initiatives

Bill Lee, Catherine Cassell

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This article considers critical accountants’ potential contribution to progressive reforms by examining how trade unions transformed workplace accountability relationships and developed social accounts as part of a workplace learning initiative. The article develops and utilizes the concept of facilitative reforms to interpret the advances brought by learning representative initiatives and accompanying changes in broader civil society, workplace relationships and social accounts in the UK and New Zealand. The article finds that the experience of the learning representative initiatives suggests that critical accountants’ support of facilitative reforms may sometimes be a fruitful strategy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-37
Number of pages13
JournalCritical Perspectives on Accounting
Early online date27 Feb 2017
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2017


  • accountability
  • critical
  • social
  • praxis
  • learning initiatives
  • internationally comparative case studies
  • longitudinal research


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