offers a way of assessing whether power is being applied for the benefit of those who are subject to it.  This website provides a blog linked to a set of books and some research material.

The books – Patterns of Power – show how the uses of power can be categorised into recognisable patterns.  They 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 in recent events, and the views of other commentators.

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.