Financial control, blame avoidance and Radio Caroline: Talkin’ ‘bout my generation

Miley, Frances M and Read, Andrew F (2017) Financial control, blame avoidance and Radio Caroline: Talkin’ ‘bout my generation. Accounting History, 22 (3). pp. 301-319. ISSN 1032-3732

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Abstract

This research examines the use of financial mechanisms that simultaneously impose controls and facilitate blame avoidance by public office-holders. A qualitative historical examination is used to examine legislation designed to prevent Radio Caroline, a pirate radio station, from broadcasting into Britain in the 1960s. Radio Caroline made a mockery of the British Government’s power to manage radio through a monopolist, the British Broadcasting Corporation. In addition, Radio Caroline played the type of rock music the British Government sought to suppress as representing the undesirable side of youth culture. This research examines the suppression of Radio Caroline through the Marine & Broadcasting (Offences) Act (UK) 1967 and the legislative scapegoating of Radio Caroline by targeting its revenue-earning potential. Inter-generational conflict underpinned the legislative scapegoating of Radio Caroline. This research demonstrates how financial controls can mask scapegoating and blame avoidance strategies by governments.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Blame avoidance, government accounting, pirate radio, Radio Caroline, scapegoating
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Business and Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business > HF5601 Accounting. Bookkeeping
Depositing User: Frances Miley
Date Deposited: 08 May 2017 09:45
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2017 18:15
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/67723

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