Visual modes of governmentality: traffic lights in a housing association

M. Manochin, S. Brignall, A. Lowe, C. Howell

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This study focuses on the use of traffic lights by a Registered Social Landlord (RSL) as a visual representation of self conduct that reflects a way of thinking, acting and constituting a 'well governed, well managed and viable' housing association. We show that the visible representation of traffic lights introduced by the regulator as indicators of performance has been used widely by the RSL to reflect two self-imposed principles of continuous improvement and self assessment. In this context the different accounts of governmentality within the RSLs board reports are studied and some significant insights suggested.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-35
Number of pages10
JournalManagement Accounting Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2011


  • housing associations
  • traffic lights
  • governmentality


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