Breaking the Impasse: Consensual Approaches to Resolving Public Disputes

Breaking the Impasse: Consensual Approaches to Resolving Public Disputes

Breaking the Impasse: Consensual Approaches to Resolving Public Disputes

Breaking the Impasse: Consensual Approaches to Resolving Public Disputes

Synopsis

Drawing on his experience in the MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program, a leading mediator and his co-author provide the first jargon-free guide to consensual strategies for resolving public disputes- indispensable to citizen activists and to business and government leaders.

Excerpt

A number of public disputes have received a great deal of attention in recent years: New York City's Westway (west side highway construction) controversy, the toxic waste clean-up efforts at Love Canal in Niagara Falls, New York; the closing of the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania, offshore oil exploration on the east and west coasts, the battle over Native American fishing rights in the Great Lakes, various efforts to combat acid rain by restricting coal burning in the midwest, numerous attempts nationwide to build low-income housing in mixed-income areas, failed efforts in many states to build new prisons, the federal debate over the siting of radioactive waste dumps, experiments with genetically engineered crops and drugs, the use of untested pesticides in emergency situations, the reallocation of water rights (and the diversion of water) in arid sections of the country, the construction of the trans-Alaska pipeline, and changes in farm credit policy. All have involved drawn-out battles in which at least one group has . . .

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