Corporate risk reporting about Brexit as political communication

Ekaterina Svetlova*

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How can we account for differences in the extent of risk disclosure among companies? The paper expands the existing explanations by claiming that corporate risk reporting is not just financial but also political communication. The presented empirical analysis of how corporations disclose Brexit-related uncertainties suggests that risk reporting is a part of a company’s holistic conversation with multiple audiences in society (e.g. politicians, regulators, journalists and customers) and might have well-targeted but also unforeseen effects on each of them. The quantity and quality of risk disclosure can be explained–among other factors–by the extent to which companies want to participate in public discourse and wish their opinions on a particular political issue, such as Brexit, to be heard. In other words, risk reporting is a part of ‘the politics of expectations’ which should be investigated in its own right.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)417-441
Number of pages25
JournalReview of Social Economy
Issue number3
Early online date7 Nov 2021
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2023


  • Brexit
  • Performativity
  • Risk reporting
  • Uncertainty
  • UT-Hybrid-D


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