Introduction: Global order/disorder

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This book interrogates the relationship between order/disorder in global affairs. We use a slash (/) to separate these two concepts exactly for the reasons writing stylists loathe it. As Garner complains, the slash is “unfit” for formal writing “because it is inherently ambiguous: its function may be conjunctive <secretary/treasurer> or disjunctive <a buy/sell decision>" (Garner, 2002, p. 50). We agree - but that is our point. Order and disorder, as our contributing authors make clear, may be conjunctive, disjunctive or possibly something in between. The slash, here, is not an “abomination” of style (Garner, 2002, p. 50); it is a precise illustration of the complexity of their conceptual interaction.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGlobal governance and regulation
Subtitle of host publicationOrder and disorder in the 21st century
EditorsD Ireland-Piper, L Wolff
Place of PublicationOxon
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781351734011
ISBN (Print)9781472489012
Publication statusPublished - 2018


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