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This discussion of diplomacy in the 1240s demonstrates that deterritorialised politics is not something new, and that diplomatic functions can reflect this kind of spatial organisation. Time and density Simply because the deterritorialisation of politics is nothing new does not mean that globalisation is not a new challenge for diplomats. In fact, Globalisation and Diplomacy 17 globalisation entails two more crucial factors in addition to space. The first of these is time. The speed with which information and, in a slightly lesser degree, material objects can travel is rapidly increasing.

All this happens in the name of transparency. This norm is part and parcel of the state-society model that is presently spreading across the globe, which means that as long as ministries and politicians do not take active measures to halt or reverse the trend, it is set to continue. ’ While world opinion is a social fact, it remains unclear how it should be conceptualised. Furthermore, it is not evident to what degree world opinion impinges on foreign policy outcomes. National public opinions are multifaceted and blurry as well, and we have endless examples of how political outcomes may run against them, but that does not stop them from acting as very real parts of any politician’s equation.

It has been observed that some of the key effects that were expected to flow from internationalisation did not happen. First and foremost among these was the predicted fall of permanent representations. Pointing exactly to the ever-increasing density of international and transnational relations, analysts like George Modelski predicted the demise of the state’s permanent representation. With tongue in cheek, Modelski suggested that the whole institution be substituted by a ship afloat on some world ocean, with one ambassadorial cabin per state, where the ambassadors could conveniently pay calls on and sit down to supper with one another.

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