Order: A Conceptual Analysis

Chinese Political Science Review, DOI 10.1007/s41111-016-0001-7

24 Pages Posted: 29 Feb 2016

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Shiping Tang

Fudan University - School of International Relations and Public Affairs (SIRPA)

Date Written: February 26, 2016

Abstract

Order is one of those terms that have been often talked about but never rigorously defined. After a critical survey of existing definitions of order, I propose a more rigorous definition of order. I then develop a framework for measuring and comparing order. I go on to show that without a rigorous definition of order and a proper framework for measuring and comparing order, a central debate regarding order has committed the error of conceptual conflation. Finally, I illustrate the value of the new framework with Norbert Elias’ The Civilizing Process as a masterpiece on the forging of order.

Keywords: order; definition; measurement

Suggested Citation

Tang, Shiping, Order: A Conceptual Analysis (February 26, 2016). Chinese Political Science Review, DOI 10.1007/s41111-016-0001-7, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2738959

Shiping Tang (Contact Author)

Fudan University - School of International Relations and Public Affairs (SIRPA) ( email )

220 Handan Road
Shanghai, 200433
China

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