The Psychology of Hierarchy

“We are Centaurs; half human, half organisation” (Arne)


Examining the psychological politics of institutions; seeking understanding of 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 and 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.