Starting from the position that governance should be acceptable to those who are subject to it, assesses the ways in which individuals, organizations and governments exert power over each other.  This website offers access to books, research material and a blog.

The Patterns of Power books offer a way of evaluating acceptability in the context of people’s different cultures and political ideologies, and they provide a broad survey of contemporary patterns of power from that perspective.  The books are available as paperbacks or as e-books, either as summaries or with full contents.

They are linked to an online repository of research material which describes each of these patterns, some issues associated with them, examples of how they have played out recently, and the views of other commentators.  The contents of the repository are accessible through a chapter-contents listing here, or alphabetically by topic here.  Its bibliography is accessible here.

The blog and its associated social-networking services comment on current events, using the approach described in the book to evaluate the performance of those who wield power.  The posts sometimes quote the research material.

Comments on the books, and on the contents of this website, will enable them to be refined – to increase their usefulness.  Comments, by email to, are therefore welcome.