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Journal of Accounting in Emerging Economies

ISSN: 2042-1168

Online from: 2010

Subject Area: Accounting and Finance

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Privatisation and electricity sector reforms in Brazil: accounting perspective

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Title:Privatisation and electricity sector reforms in Brazil: accounting perspective
Author(s):Cláudio de Araújo Wanderley, (University of Brasília, Brasília, Brazil), John Cullen, (University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK), Mathew Tsamenyi, (University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK)
Citation:Cláudio de Araújo Wanderley, John Cullen, Mathew Tsamenyi, (2011) "Privatisation and electricity sector reforms in Brazil: accounting perspective", Journal of Accounting in Emerging Economies, Vol. 1 Iss: 1, pp.53 - 75
Keywords:Accounting, Brazil, Electric power systems, Regulation, Tariffs
Article type:General review
DOI:10.1108/20421161111107859 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Acknowledgements:An earlier version of this paper was presented at the British Accounting Association Special Interest Group on Emerging Economies Workshop at the University of Birmingham in January 2010, and is available at

Purpose – The paper seeks to examine the evolution of regulatory accounting within the context of the Brazilian electricity sector reforms. The paper traces the process of the reforms and the development of the regulatory accounting system.

Design/methodology/approach – The paper is based on data collected from various documents including those published by the regulator (such as laws, resolutions and technical notes), as well as information from distribution companies and other government agencies.

Findings – It is found that regulatory accounting played different roles under the different electricity sector reforms implemented in Brazil. For example, regulatory accounting was minimally used during the first reform, and this brought a range of problems of implementation and consolidation of the electricity sector model. However, regulatory accounting played an essential role in the regulatory framework under the second reform, and this in part contributed to addressing some of the problems of the sector.

Originality/value – This is the first study that describes and explains the Brazilian electricity sector reforms by analysing the so-called core issues in regulatory accounting and tariff review process. The paper contributes to the literature by providing a broader picture of the interconnection between regulatory accounting and the regulator's objectives.

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