chapter  2
The fate of territorial engineering in an era of ‘durable disorder’: mechanisms of territorial power and post-liberal forms of international governance
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This chapter explores the fate of ‘territorial engineering’ in respect to both the discourse and practice of globalization. While the nature of production engineering and financial engineering are by now quite familiar, that of territorial engineering is less readily appreciated. This concept is explored in the context of first the construction of territorial power, and then in regard to its possible fate in a period in which territorially based authority seems to be under some threat. Thus the chapter represents a first attempt at dealing with the idea of a durable disorder as characterizing the international system, something broached in the introductory chapter.