The Psychology of Hierarchy

"All special privilege in some way limits the outlook of those who possess it.’



Examining the psychological politics of institutions and the interaction of organisational structures (hierarchies, markets, networks, democracies) and individual cognition (constructions of meaning and identity, sense of private and public self); the psychological with informational advantages of democracy; hubristic leadership and social cognitive accounts of how power corrupts; learning democracy as a craft; diagnostics for dysfunctional institutions.

Select Publications:

How Power Corrupts:  Cognition and Democracy in Organisations, London: Palgrave Macmillan, Blaug, R. (2014). 

Cognition in a Hierarchy,’ Contemporary Political Theory, Blaug, R. (2007) 6/1: 24-44

Why is There Hierarchy? Democracy and Organisational Form,’ Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, Blaug, R. (2009) 12/1: 85-99.

Tyranny of the Visible: Problems in the Evaluation of Anti-Institutional Radicalism,‘ Organization, (1999), 6/1: 33-56.