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The Audit Society: Rituals of Verification

Michael Power


Since the early 1980s there has been an explosion of auditing activity in the United Kingdom and North America. In addition to financial audits there are now medical audits, technology audits, value for money audits, environmental audits, quality audits, teaching audits, and many others. Why has this happened? What does it mean when a society invests so heavily in an industry of checking and when more and more individuals find themselves subject to formal scrutiny? This book argues that the rise of auditing has its roots in political demands for accountability and control. At the heart of a ne ... More

Keywords: auditing, financial audits, accountability, organizational performance, medical audits, quality audits, teaching audits, environmental audits

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780198296034
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198296034.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Power, author
London School of Economics
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