offers a way of understanding how power is exerted in a society and a way of assessing the performance of those who wield it. This website provides a blog linked to a book.

The book – Patterns of Power: A Rough Guide – describes how the uses of power can be categorised into recognisable patterns. It briefly describes each of these patterns and some issues associated with them. It provides examples of how these patterns have played out in recent events and it cites 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 make reference to sections of the book which are available online.

Comment on the blog and on the book will enable this resource to be refined, gradually increasing its usefulness.

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