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35th Congress of the French Accounting Association

27 May 2014

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Dr Andrea Mennicken delivered the opening key note speech at the 35th Congress of the French Accounting Association AFC (Association Francophone de Comptabilité) in Lille on 27 May 2014.

In her presentation entitled Custody, Care and Cost: Accounting between Economy and Morality Andrea Mennicken discussed the transition from government by law to governance by numbers in the Prison Service of England and Wales. She explored what roles accounting, in particular performance measurement, can play in the organisation and management of value conflict, and raised the question of the extent to which accounting can be called upon as a “moralising” and “democratising” instrument, connecting a multitude of actors and domains, including disparate values and rationalities, such as those of security, decency and economy.

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