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- May 2020
a person or thing through which power is exerted or an end is achieved : instrumentality
Would this be proxy agency? Or is it different?
On the one hand, I think it's different. instrumentality seems to have a subtly different meaning from proxy agency.
But looking at their example sentence,
communicated through the agency of the ambassador , it is striking how similar these ideas/words/meanings are: the ambassador acted on behalf of his country (proxy agency: acted => agency; "on behalf of" => proxy); the communication occurred through his actions (= he was the means, he was instrumental in causing that communication to take place)
proxy agency is when an individual acts on behalf of someone else
communicated through the agency of the ambassador