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A score of 1 on the Extra Government side of the Role Potential spectrum indicates that there are more Extra Government Role Potentials than Government Sanctioned Role Potentials; however, in general the government still exercises extensive control over the socio-political environment leaving little potential for non-state actors. Non-state actors with stable roles generally either operate with the favor of the government (due to the fact that they perform an important functional role or are ideologically aligned with governing powers) but operate beyond the authority of the government or operate with the mandate of a large amount of popular support, such as terrorist groups (i.e. Muslim Brotherhood).

-Government Sanctioned Role Potentials include participation in organized and regulated business and political systems, organized groups (religious, labor, activist), etc.
-Extra Government Role Potentials include violence, bribery, ideological persuasion, etc.