Agency Change: Diplomatic Action Beyond the State by John Robert Kelley

By John Robert Kelley

John Robert Kelley places forth that smooth diplomatic efforts derive no longer from states whose centuries-long strength is loosening, yet quite from a brand new breed of diplomats—exit the international relations of associations; input the international relations of people competing for power.

Moving past commonplace strategies of “traditional” and “new” international relations, Agency Change illustrates how parallel, but disparate diplomatic platforms emerge—statesmen seeing strength vis-à-vis non-state actors looking suggestions to problems—and examines diversified jointly priceless recommendations to this phenomenon.

Kelley examines how diverse issue effect diplomatic action:

  • Idea entrepreneurship
  • Agenda-setting
  • Mobilization
  • Gate-keeping


He concludes that the time has come for governments to innovate their diplomatic efforts on the way to have the option to coexist with non-state actors whereas preserving responsibility, legitimizing using nation energy, and leveraging everlasting presence in diplomatic relationships. This thorough survey exhibits how states can embody swap through first spotting assets of strength in today’s diplomatic affairs, and provides a case for what states can do now to answer a global within which international relations has long gone public.

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