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Dealing with Differences Dramas of Mediating Public Disputes

ISBN-10: 019538590X
ISBN-13: 9780195385908
Edition: 2009
Authors: John Forester
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Description: Conflict and dispute pervade political and policy discussions. Moreover, unequal power relations tend to heighten levels of conflict. In this context of contention, figuring out ways to accommodate others and reach solutions that are agreeable to  More...

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Book details

List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/6/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Conflict and dispute pervade political and policy discussions. Moreover, unequal power relations tend to heighten levels of conflict. In this context of contention, figuring out ways to accommodate others and reach solutions that are agreeable to all is a perennial challenge for activists, politicians, planners, and policymakers. John Forester is one of America's eminent scholars of activist planning and dispute resolution in the policy arena, and in Dealing with Differences he focuses on a series of 'hard cases'-conflicts that appeared to be insoluble yet which were resolved in the end. Forester ranges across the country-from Hawaii to Maryland to Washington State-and across issues-the environment, ethnic conflict, and HIV. Throughout, he focuses on how innovative mediators settled seemingly intractable disputes. Between pessimism masquerading as 'realism' and the unrealistic idealism that 'we can all get along,' Forester identifies the middle terrain where disputes do actually get resolved in ways that offer something for all sides. Dealing with Differences serves as an authoritative and fundamentally pragmatic pathway for anyone who has to engage in the highly contentious worlds of planning and policymaking.

Introduction: Discovery, Creativity, and Change in the Face of Conflict
When Parties Conflict, Expect that More Is Possible than Anyone Says
Beyond Promises: Making Public Participation and Democratic Deliberation Work
Cultivating Surprise and the Art of the Possible: The Drama of Mediating Differences
Respecting Value Differences and Acting Practically Together Too
Exploring Values-Based Disputes
Dealing with Deep Value Differences in Participatory Processes
From Venting and Posturing to Learning and Proposing
Practical Consensus Building in the Face of Deep Value Differences: Negotiating HIV/AIDS Prevention
Planning and Mediation, Participation and Posturing: What's a Facilitative Leader to Do?
From Arguing to Inventing, from Presuming to Enabling Action
Making Public Participation in Governance Work: Distinguishing and Integrating Dialogue, Debate, and Negotiation
Envisioning Possibilities: How Humor and Irony Recognize Dignity and Build Power
Conclusion: Transforming Participatory Processes Integrating and Transcending Dialogue, Debate, and Negotiation
Appendixes
Notes
Bibliography
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