Order: A Conceptual Analysis
Chinese Political Science Review, DOI 10.1007/s41111-016-0001-7
24 Pages Posted: 29 Feb 2016
Date Written: February 26, 2016
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
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