Accounting and the Public Interest

Aims and Scope:

Accounting and the Public Interest takes the view that all areas of accounting involve broad societal responsibilities that affect the public interest. Responsible action can be promoted through research in all areas of accounting including, but not restricted to:  financial accounting and auditing; accounting in organizations (governmental, profit, or not-for-profit); social and environmental accounting; government and professional regulation; taxation; gender and diversity issues; professional and business ethics; information technology; accounting and business education; and governance of accounting organizations.

Our inclusive editorial policy intends to provide a publication outlet for all types of accounting research that involve a socially responsive, and responsible, perspective. Studies submitted to the journal should be linked to the public interest by situating them within an historical, social, or political context, and findings should ultimately provide guidance for responsible action that promotes the public interest. The journal welcomes innovation and eclecticism, alternative theories and methodologies, as well as the more traditional ones.

Pamela Roush, Editor
Accounting and the Public Interest


Accounting and the Public Interest

Accounting and the Public Interest is an academic journal published by the Public Interest Section of the American Accounting Association. The journal takes the view that accounting is a social activity with far-ranging consequences for every citizen, welcoming innovation and eclecticism, alternative theories and methodologies, as well as the more traditional ones. The common element in this diversity is the requirement that the study and its findings be linked to the public interest by situating them within a historical, social, and political context, and ultimately providing guidance for responsible

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Teaching resources on Sustainability and CSR 

(Learn who is teaching Sustainability and CSR, and read their recommendations regarding pedagogical materials!)

  • Irene Herremanns teaches courses in UC’s interdisciplinary degree program in Sustainable Energy Development. Her pedagogical specialties are in accounting, tourism, and environmental management and design.Irene recommends a teaching resource that resides on the UCalgary Blogs platform. It is entitled Sustainability Reports: Making Sense of Sustainability,* and it encompasses modules on: (1) Basics, (2) Sections, (3) Credibility, (4) Performance, and (5) Assurances. It also includes a Glossary of important terms.
  • Michael Kraten's sustainability teaching case "Save The Blue Frog" is now available at Michael has used this case in his graduate accounting program's capstone class and his undergraduate interdisciplinary colloquium on sustainability.

Letter from the Chair

My name is Mitch Stein and I am the Chair of the Public Interest Section for the next two years (2018-2020). I am very excited for the opportunity to serve the section as Chair and look forward to working with a great group of section members who are serving the section in key position...


Save the Date!

The University of Central Florida’s Kenneth G. Dixon School of Accounting and Washington State University’s Hoops Institute of Taxation Research and Policy are hosting a one-day Research Symposium on Taxes, Transparency and Social Responsibility in Denver, Colorado, on May 17, 2019! You can learn more information here

Volunteer Opportunities for the Ethics Research Symposium!

Please consider to volunteer for the ethics research symposium here