Concept and Approach

Starting from the position that governance should be acceptable to those who are subject to it, PatternsofPower.org classifies, assesses and explores the ways in which individuals, organizations and governments exert power over each other.  It does this through books, the blog posts on this website and associated social media.

The word ‘governance’ is used here to portray any power relationship, where one person or organisation exerts influence and/or authority over another.  The underlying concept, as described in the books, is that there are patterns in the way that power is exercised and these patterns constantly recur – so it is helpful to recognise them, particularly where power has been used to the disadvantage of some of the population.

Each pattern description explains one of the ways in which power is exercised and exposes some of the arguments associated with it; many include some recent examples and references to other literature on the subject, and they include links to Internet source material where possible. These descriptions can be used to understand issues and current events, strengthening the arguments used to hold the powerful to account.

This website holds all the pattern descriptions, enables people to buy the books, and publishes the blog posts.  The site structure is described in more detail here.