An institutional interaction is one in which at least one of the principals involved is a collective or government agency in its capacity defined by statutory or customary law.

Because government agencies exercise powers allocated to them in an exchange of claims that can be likened to a social contract ( Legislation), each agency and institutional actor must not give a preferential treatment to any of its subjects.

Transparency and openess are desired qualities of a large number of institutional interactions


In a legally secure, democratically ruled country, there are a number of high level functions involving specific actors:

  • Conflict-resolving by courts (COFOG Code 03.3)
  • Constitutive interactions at global, supra-national, national, state and local level. These interactions create actors and allocate deliberative (legislative), executive and administrative powers to them (see macro classification of the Actor Atlas).
  • Governing
  • Legislating
  • Auditing

Functions of government

Institutional interactions are about how functions of government are delivered, or their delivery is ensured.