Patterns of Power: Books

The Patterns of Power books provide an overall picture of the ways in which people, organisations and institutions exercise power in today’s society – identifying common patterns in economic, moral, legal and political governance and the use of ungoverned power.  They offer a system of classifying these patterns and criteria for assessing them in the light of their acceptability to those affected.

The invasion of Iraq in 2003 was the original stimulus for starting this research and is used as an example of the books’ approach to analysis.  The research findings are also used to suggest ways of improving governance.

The latest publication, Patterns of Power Overview Edition 3a, acts as a portal, linked to the pattern descriptions which are stored hierarchically on this website.  This book is now available in PDF format at  (The Foxit app on Android, Apple and Windows devices is particularly suitable for reading this type of PDF, with its internal hyperlinks, because it enables one to return easily to one’s starting point after following a link – with a back arrow on Android and a ‘Previous View’ button on Windows.)

Earlier editions 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