legitimacy

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A feeling of being treated fairly in a negotiation. Often an interest in legitimacy and feeling fairly treated is the main driver in a dispute. However, parties with differing views on what is fair may fail to realize that beneath their conflicting positions is the same underlying interest. For example, in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the perceived legitimacy of where the border is drawn between Israel and a Palestinian state is at least as important as how many acres are on each side. (Michael L. Moffitt and Robert C. Bordone, eds., Handbook of Dispute Resolution [Program on Negotiation/Jossey-Bass, 2005], 281-282)

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