Patterns of Power: Books

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.

They identify common patterns in the ways in which people, organisations and institutions exercise power – either inside or outside the structures of economic, moral, legal and political governance.  The invasion of Iraq is used as an example of this approach to analysis and the books’ findings are used to suggest ways of improving governance.

They are available, in paperback and as e-books, on the PatternsofPower author bookshelf at  The e-books are in Kindle format which, by using the free Kindle software, will work on personal computers, on Android-based tablets and mobile phones, and on the iPad.

Edition 3 was updated progressively and was completed in February 2020.  The Overview, Edition 3 was published in July 2018 and the full book will be republished in Spring 2020. The Edition Release Notes contain more information on the contents of each release.

The latest available pattern descriptions are all available on this website.  The paper books have been published for people who prefer to read in that way.  The electronic versions of the books, which contain links to the relevant sections of this website, are for people who value having an off-line copy – to offer better response times and less vulnerability to Internet speeds.

The books can be read in different ways, whether they are being read online or not.  There are links to make it easier to jump from one chapter-overview directly to the next chapter.  Similarly, there are links at the end of each section introduction, to make it easier to bypass the sub-sections and jump directly to the next section.  In this way, readers can choose whether to just gain an overview or to drill down into the detail.

Book Contents