International Relations Negotiation Role-Play:

Monroe Energy Assistance Game II

Jeffrey B. Litwak and Lawrence Susskind

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SCENARIO:

A federal statute requires each state to submit a plan detailing how it will spend its share of an energy assistance fund for low-income residents. Governor Able of Monroe, a state that has been criticized for its previous policy, has created an Energy Assistance Task Force with members from state agencies, utility companies, the legislature and consumer groups to try and reach a consensus on a new plan. The Task Force has been meeting for several months to discuss the three issues of eligibility for assistance, funding for the program, and method of payment as instructed by the Governor. Participants in the exercise are given portions of the Task Force meeting transcripts and several questions to discuss. Unlike Monroe Energy Assistance Game I, this simulation forces the parties to deal with fundamental disagreements over values. The parties have to find some way of dealing with their ideological differences, not just differing economic interests.

 

MAJOR LESSONS:

This exercise promotes players’ awareness of opposing parties interests and values. It encourages the exploration of additional options that might offer common ground.

Relationships can be studied and their roles in developing negotiating strategies.

The ethical and moral obligations of a mediator in a public dispute can be probed using this case.

 

MECHANICS:

This exercise is best played with six players (one per role). Preparation takes approximately 30-45 minutes. Allow 1-1 1/2 hours for negotiation and at least 1 hour for debriefing.

TEACHING MATERIALS:

For all parties:

General Instructions

  • The Method of Payment Debate
  • The Eligibility Debate
  • The Programming Funding Debate

 

Teacher’s Package:

  • All of the above

 

THEMES:

BATNA; Caucusing; Closure; Coalitions; Commitment; Communication; Competition v. Cooperation; Consensus Building; Constituents; Currently perceived choice analysis; Ethics; Fairness; Group process; Information exchange; Interest, dovetailing; Partisan perceptions; Pressure tactics; Risk aversion; Single-text procedure; Time constraints; Value conflicts; Yesable propositions

 

Monroe Energy Assistance Game II Attributes

Authors:
Jeffrey B. Litwak and Lawrence Susskind
Publisher:
Program on Negotiation
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Teaching notes available:
PON Teaching Negotiation Resource Center

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If you wish 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 “Participant Copies.” There is no need to calculate how many of each role is required; 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 “Participant Copies.” 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.