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Structure and Agent System: Socio-Political

Organizing Structure
Social fabric
Levels of human well-being and institutional development (human and social capital)
Cultural structures
Social expenditures
Value change
Key Aggregate  Relationships 
(illustrative, not comprehensive)
Growth in literacy and human development;
Democratic development, state failure
Key Agent-Class Behavior  Relationships
(illustrative, not comprehensive)
Government efforts to develop human capital through spending on health, education, R&D

Unlike the use of cohort-component structures in demographics and of markets and social accounting matrices for economics, there is no standard organizing structure that is widely used for representing socio-political systems. In the context of the TERRA project, IFs developed a multi-component approach to structure that might be called the "social fabric" (a la Robert Pestel).

Although representation of agent-class behavior would be of special interest in a socio-political module, most relationships in IFs remain at the level of aggregate specifications.