Accounting for national success and failure: Rethinking the UK case

Ismail Erturk, Julie Froud, Sukhdev Johal, Adam Leaver, Karel Williams

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This article presents some basic political arithmetic on UK economic performance, including empirics on the sources of new job creation and regional differences. These empirics support an argument about the need for new measures and concepts of national success and failure. This is so because, as we show in the UK case, the standard post 1940 economic measures of GDP and unemployment give a seriously misleading picture of national success. This is an opportunity for accountants to join with others in devising new measures and concepts. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-17
Number of pages12
JournalAccounting Forum
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012


  • Business model
  • National economy
  • National settlement
  • State and para-state


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