Starting from the position that governance should be acceptable to those who are subject to it, classifies, assesses and explores 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 basis for understanding the entire scope of governance, enabling readers to evaluate contemporary patterns of power and their acceptability to people of different cultures and political ideologies.  The books are available as paperbacks or as e-books, either as summaries or with full contents.

They are linked to an online compilation 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 – as described here.

These pattern descriptions can be accessed in a structured way by navigating hierarchically from the contents listing here.  Alternatively, a specific topic can be accessed via the alphabetical index here.  The bibliography is accessible here.

The update policy for the pattern descriptions is described here and the link addressing and storage details are 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.