Visual Modes of Governmentality: Traffic Lights in a Housing Association

Posted: 27 Oct 2010

See all articles by Melina M. Manochin

Melina M. Manochin

Aston University - Aston Business School

T.J. Stan Brignall

Aston University

Alan D. Lowe

University of Waikato

Claire Howell

Aston Business School

Date Written: October 25, 2010

Abstract

This study focuses on the use of traffic lights by a Registered Social Landlord (RSL) as a visual representation of self conduct that reflects a way of thinking, acting and constituting a ‘well governed, well managed and viable’ housing association. We show that the visible representation of traffic lights introduced by the regulator as indicators of performance has been used widely by the RSL to reflect two self-imposed principles of continuous improvement and self assessment. In this context the different accounts of governmentality within the RSLs board reports are studied and some significant insights suggested.

Keywords: housing associations, traffic lights, governmentality

JEL Classification: M4

Suggested Citation

Manochin, Melina Maria and Brignall, T.J. Stan and Lowe, Alan D. and Howell, Claire, Visual Modes of Governmentality: Traffic Lights in a Housing Association (October 25, 2010). Management Accounting Research, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1697572

Melina Maria Manochin (Contact Author)

Aston University - Aston Business School ( email )

Aston Triangle
Birmingham, B47ET
United Kingdom

T.J. Stan Brignall

Aston University ( email )

Aston Triangle
Aston Business School
Birmingham B4 7ET
United Kingdom
+441 21 359 3011 (Phone)
+441 21 333 5774 (Fax)

Alan D. Lowe

University of Waikato ( email )

Te Raupapa
Private Bag 3105 Department of Accounting
Hamilton
New Zealand
+64 7 856-2889 (Phone)
+64 7 838-4332 (Fax)

Claire Howell

Aston Business School ( email )

Aston Triangle
Birmingham, B47ET
United Kingdom

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