Making climate change manageable : how accounting constructs new power-knowledge regimes

Quayle, Annette (2014) Making climate change manageable : how accounting constructs new power-knowledge regimes. In Critical Perspectives on Accounting Conference, 6-9th July 2014, York University,Toronto, Canada.

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This paper examines the modern power of accounting to permeate new spheres and create new objects by examining how climate change becomes a new category for accounting’s attention. It outlines the socio-political problem space where accounting and climate change connect by tracing the emergence of the UK’s Climate Change Act (2008) to a specifically modern calculating attitude described here as ‘managing by the numbers’. It suggests the intersection of accounting and climate change was made possible by accounting’s role in tying disciplinary subjectivities and objectivities together whilst operating simultaneously at the level of individuals, organisations and government. Such that when faced with new unknowns we revert to previous ways of managing we have come to know and experienced throughout our formative years in schools, hospitals, firms and government departments. In this way, accounting’s emergence in the domain of managing climate change implies a transformation that cannot be explained merely as a practical response to a global warming problem, but rather as an example of a new power-knowledge regime that makes possible the management and control of a new organisational phenomenon called climate change.

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ID Code: 79134
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: accounting, climate change, environmental accounting, disciplinary, Foucault, UK Climate Change Act (2008)
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > ACCOUNTING AUDITING AND ACCOUNTABILITY (150100) > Management Accounting (150105)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Accountancy
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 [Please consult the Author]
Deposited On: 03 Dec 2014 04:37
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2015 04:57

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