Financial Management and Public Sector Accounting in an Age of Reforms: Developments and Changes in Public Sector Financial Management

Permanent Study Group 12: Public Sector Financial Management
  • Francesca Manes RossiEmail author
  • Eugenio Caperchione
  • Sandra Cohen
  • Isabel Brusca
Part of the Governance and Public Management book series (GPM)


The chapter discusses the recent multifaceted developments in public sector financial management and in particular the contribution of the permanent study group (PSG) XII in the debate regarding the reforms and the innovations occurring at all governmental levels and different public sector organizations.

Guiding the reader through the journey of the PSG, the chapter outlines the key challenges that future studies dealing with public sector financial management will be called to envisage. In parallel, it focuses on the harmonization of governmental accounting systems towards IPSAS or EPSAS and national accounts in Europe by shedding light on the existing situation and the imminent trends.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Francesca Manes Rossi
    • 1
    Email author
  • Eugenio Caperchione
    • 2
  • Sandra Cohen
    • 3
  • Isabel Brusca
    • 4
  1. 1.University of SalernoFiscianoItaly
  2. 2.Modena and Reggio Emilia UniversityModenaItaly
  3. 3.Athens University of Economics and BusinessAthensGreece
  4. 4.University of ZaragozaZaragozaSpain

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