A Modelling Framework for Societal Systems

  • Hartmut Bossel
Part of the Interdisciplinary Systems Research / Interdisziplinäre Systemforschung book series (IW)


The present chapter presents a coherent theoretical framework for modelling individual and collective behavior based on the four fundamental hypotheses that
  • the composite behavior of societal systems can be properly approximated by the interaction of a few dominant, often abstract, “actor” systems;

  • the behavior of an actor system is the result of a complex information processing sequence whose basic structure is identical across actor systems;

  • behavior of actor systems is governed by reference to a set of basic orienting dimensions “orientors”, whose dimensions are identical across actor systems;

  • the processes determining behavior of actor systems are driven mainly by a (generalized) mechanism of dissonance removal.


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