The governmentality and accountability of UK national museums and art galleries

Abdullah, Aminah and Khadaroo, Iqbal (2016) The governmentality and accountability of UK national museums and art galleries. Accounting Forum, 41 (3). pp. 266-276. ISSN 0155-9982

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This study furthers our understanding of the role of governmentality mechanisms in relation to other-forming and self-forming accounts of art organisations, by using empirical data collected from interviews with senior managers of UK national museums and art galleries (MAGs) and from secondary published sources. The findings highlight how governmentality mechanisms had power-effects through the creation of knowledge about MAGs and the resistance strategies of MAGs. Whilst the governmentality mechanisms were expected to ensure the automatic functioning of disciplinary power, in some instances the government directly intervened to over-ride decisions taken by senior managers when these conflicted with political imperatives.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Governmentality; accountability; performance; UK; museums; art galleries; public sector
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Business and Management
Research Centres and Groups: Business and Finance Research Group
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance > HJ9701 Public accounting. Auditing
J Political Science
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General) > JF1338 Public administration
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR > N0400 Art museums, galleries, etc.
Depositing User: Iqbal Khadaroo
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2016 13:17
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2018 01:00

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