The Audit Society: Rituals of Verification

Paperback | May 1, 1999

byMICHAEL POWER

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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. Whyhas 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? The Audit Society argues that the rise of auditing has its roots in political demands for accountability and control. At the heart of a new administrative style internal control systems have begun to play an important public role and individual and organizational performance has been increasinglyformalized and made auditable. Michael Power argues that the new demands and expectations of audits live uneasily with their operational capabilities. Not only is the manner in which they produce assurance and accountability open to question but also, by imposing their own values, audits often haveunintended and dysfunctional consequences for the audited organization.

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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. Whyhas this happened? What does it mean when a s...

BMichael Power is Professor of Accounting at the LSE, and has been a Lecturer in Accounting and Finance there since 1987. He has also worked as a financial auditor with Deloitte Haskins and Sells where he qualified as a chartered accountant and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He has also bee...

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Format:PaperbackPublished:May 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198296037

ISBN - 13:9780198296034

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IntroductionPreface1. The Audit Society: General Themes2. The Rise of Audit3. The Audit Explosion4. Audit and the Dialectic of Regulatory Failure5. Audit Knowledge and the Construction of Auditees6. Beyond Audit, Towards TrustNotesBibliography

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`..subtle, stimulating and important book.'Rudolf Klein. University of Bath. 1998.