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NCJ Number: 97693 Find in a Library
Title: Public Interest and Mediator Values (From Ethical Issues in Dispute Resolution, 1984, Charlotte Gold, ed. - See NCJ-97691)
Author(s): L Susskind; J H Ross; R A Salem
Date Published: 1984
Page Count: 24
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This plenary session summary provides examples of mediated negotiation in the public sector, analyzes the mediator's role and responsibilities in public sector disputes, assesses the usefulness of various mediation models, and examines the impact of mediator values in community civil rights and local dispute resolution programs.
Abstract: The mediator's role in the Foothills, Brayton Point, and Connecticut Negotiation Investment Strategy (NIS) cases is reviewed. Criteria by which the success of mediation efforts in the public sector should be judged are identified and applied to the three cases; lack of complete success is revealed throughout. Ways that the mediator can structure mediation so externalities are considered and interested parties are adequately represented are suggested. The labor mediation model and international model of mediation are discussed, and the latter is identified as preferable for public sector disputes. Obstacles to the greater use of mediated negotiation in the public sector, including limited availability of trained mediators, are highlighted. Whether the mediator should raise public interest considerations and whether he should help design solutions are considered; negative responses are offered. The high value that Community Relations Service (CRS) mediators place on the process of communication and negotiation to bring about a meaningful movement toward racial justice is highlighted. The mediator's added responsibilities in some cases (for example, where there are extraordinary power imbalances) are emphasized. Included are 20 notes.
Index Term(s): Alternative dispute settlement; Code of ethics; Mediation; Mediators; Negotiation
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