First of all, this entry aims to provide an overview of the evolution of the meaning and challenges of the status of diplomatic agent with a view to establish the key critical junctures in the successive construction of the meaning and purpose of this category. Secondly, it addresses one paradigmatic instance of diplomatic actorness that moves beyond traditional state frontiers, namely, the configuration of a supranational European diplomatic agency via the settlement of the European External Action Service (EEAS). In this respect, it analyses both the breaking of theoretical boundaries in diplomatic political culture and the new horizons of global governance policy innovation potentially opened by such changes.
It is important to specify that the status of diplomatic agent has been linked—since its more concretely conceptualised inception in the modern age—to the political actions of rulers and their representatives, with a focus on the interaction among polities, as well as on the processes of critique against these very same practices.
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