Breaking the Impasse Consensual Approaches to Resolving Public Disputes

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Drawing on his experience in the MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program, a leading mediator and his co-author provide the first jargon-free guide to consensual strategies for resolving public disputes-indispensable to citizen activists and to business and government leaders.

 

“A complement to Getting to Yes . . . shows how parties involved in public disputes over housing projects, public facilities, highways, health, or the environment . . . can use consensus building rather than the courts to reach agreement.” – Sloan Management Review

“It is the thesis of this book, which I heartily endorse, that these not-in-my-backyard impasses can often be broken by a process of consensus building through negotiation, assisted by the likes of Larry Susskind. . . . The book that he and Jeffrey Cruikshank have written vibrates and communicates, giving readers a whopping benefit-to-cost ratio.” – Howard Raiffa, Harvard Business School

“An important step forward in the exploration of how supplemental approaches can involve a wider public in the kinds of problem-solving political processes that will produce change in their communities.” – Christine M. Carlson, Negotiation Journal

“An exciting book to read. It is an encouraging, optimistic, and extremely creative work that focuses on an issue that permeates the lives of any involved in government or anyone who has ever dealt with a governmental system.” – Jon D. Witten, Journal of the American Planning Association

 

Lawrence Susskind is one of the founders and Associate Director of the Program on Negotiation at the Harvard Law School, is also Professor if Urban Studies and Planning at MIT.

Jeffrey Cruikshank is a Principal, Winthrop Group, Inc., and former Senior Editor at the Harvard School of Business Administration.

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If you select the hard copy option, you will receive paper copies of this role simulation via the shipping method you select.

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To order multiple copies of a role simulation for use in a course or workshop, simply enter the total number of participants in the box next to “Quantity.” There is no need to calculate how many of each role is required.

If you are ordering hard copies, the Teaching Negotiation Resource Center will calculate the appropriate numbers of each role to provide, based on the total number of participants. For example, if you wish to order a 2-party role simulation for use with a class of 30 students, you would enter “30” in the box next to “Quantity.” You then would receive 15 copies of one role and 15 copies of the other role, for use with your 30 participants. As another example, if you ordered 30 participant copies of a 6-party role simulation, you would receive 5 copies of each role.

In the event that the number of participant copies you order is not evenly divisible by the number of roles in the simulation, you will receive extra copies of one or more roles. Participants receiving the extra roles may partner with other participants playing the same role, thus negotiating as a team. So, for instance, if you ordered 31 copies of a 2-party role simulation, you would receive 15 copies of the first role and 16 copies of the second role. One of the participants playing the second role would partner with another participant playing that same role, and the two would negotiate as a team.