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Mundane GovernanceOntology and Accountability$
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Steve Woolgar and Daniel Neyland

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199584741

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199584741.001.0001

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Does mundane governance work?

(p.135) 6 Compliance
Mundane Governance

Steve Woolgar

Daniel Neyland

Oxford University Press

Chapter 6 uses traffic management materials to investigate whether mundane governance works. Although it briefly considers ways that resources are constituted as evidential–moral–actionable to assess the extent to which governance works (e.g. by establishing league tables of the best and worst performing speed cameras), it is more compelling to investigate means by which governance subjects are compliant with governance. Research involved going out with drivers and studying ways in which they accomplish driving. Through navigating a plethora of cameras, lines, signs, lanes, other road users, invocations of past histories, what they had been told by friends, what they had seen on TV or read in newspapers, drivers actively constitute a sense of their driving, the objects and subjects of driving, and roads along which they drive. Compliant driving involves constituting rules to which they are being compliant along with assessment (of sorts) of the extent of their compliance.

Keywords:   Compliance, consistency, driving, visual analysis, signposts, driver re-education

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