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The Evaluation Society$
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Peter Dahler-Larsen

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780804776929

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804776929.001.0001

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Audit Society, Neorigorism, and Evaluation Machines

Audit Society, Neorigorism, and Evaluation Machines

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(p.169) 6 Audit Society, Neorigorism, and Evaluation Machines
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The Evaluation Society
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804776929.003.0007

This chapter furthers understanding of the audit society, which was previously discussed in Chapter 3. The audit society, thus named after Michael Power diagnosed such a society as one where formal accountability is considered as its ruling principle, is more aptly characterized by evaluation machines and neorigorism. This chapter shows that the audit society maintains some form of balance between rationality and autonomy, two main principles that guide the modern social imaginary. This chapter also shows why and how the audit society opens up as a type of social order and how the evaluation machines are applied in this social imaginary.

Keywords:   audit society, evaluation machines, neorigorism, Michael Power, formal accountability, rationality, autonomy, modern social imaginary

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