The governmentality and accountability of UK national museums and art galleries

Aminah Abdullah, Iqbal Khadaroo

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)266-276
Number of pages11
JournalAccounting Forum
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Accountability
  • Art galleries
  • Governmentality
  • Museums
  • Performance
  • Public sector
  • UK

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Accounting
  • Finance


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