Dealing with Differences Dramas of Mediating Public Disputes
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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.
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Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/6/2009
Size: 9.09" wide x 6.10" long x 0.79" tall
|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|