The Challenges of Environmental Conflict Resolution

Kirk Emerson, Tina Nabatchi, Rosemary O'Leary, John Stephens

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The way humans and their institutions handle conflict is changing. The alternative [or appropriate] dispute resolution (ADR) movement has grown from a handful of mediators working in community mediation centers to institutionalized programs in courts, public agencies, nonprofit organizations, and corporations. Interest has grown dramatically in consensus building, facilitation, mediation, and other forms of resolving conflict through assisted negotiation and voluntary settlement. A framework supporting public agency ADR exists in federal statutes and in a growing number of state statutes. Some people speculate that we are seeing a generational shift from command and control to less authoritarian forms of organization and decisionmaking, from vertical forms of hierarchy to horizontal forms of hierarchy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPromise and Performance of Environmental Conflict Resolution
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9781136522987
ISBN (Print)1891853651, 9781891853654
StatePublished - Jan 1 2003
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Environmental Science
  • General Engineering
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences


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