Making Sense of Intractable Environmental Conflicts: Concepts and Cases / Edition 1

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Despite a vast amount of effort and expertise devoted to them, many environmental conflicts have remained mired in controversy for decades, stubbornly defying resolution. Making Sense of Intractable Environmental Conflicts examines the question of why environmental problems that can be resolved in one locale remain contentious in another. The book examines eight cases of such intractable disputes, over natural resource use, toxic pollutants, water quality, and growth. Specific conflicts covered include the Quincy Library Group in California, Edwards Aquifer in Texas, Alton Park/Piney Woods in Tennessee, and three examples of growth-related conflicts in Colorado. Using an approach that focuses on the "frames" by which parties interpret and understand the conflict and critical conflict dynamics, the contributors offer powerful insights into these disputes and new strategies for resolving intractable conflicts.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559639316
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 11/22/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Roy J. Lewicki is Dean's Distinguished Teaching Professor of Management and Human Resources at the Ohio State University and lead author of the textbook Essentials of Negotiation, 2nd edition (McGraw-Hill, 2000).

Barbara Gray is professor of organizational behavior and director of the Center for Research in Conflict and Negotiation at The Pennsylvania State University.

Michael Elliott is associate professor of city planning and public policy, co-director of the Southeast Negotiation Network, and director of the Public Policy Program, Consortium on Negotiation and Conflict Resolution at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Framing of Environmental Disputes 11
2 Intractability: Definitions, Dimensions, and Distinctions 35
3 When Irresolvable Becomes Resolvable: The Quincy Library Group Conflict 63
4 Freeze Framing: The Timeless Dialogue of Intractability Surrounding Voyageurs National Park 91
5 The Edwards Aquifer Dispute: Shifting Frames in a Protracted Conflict 127
6 Comparing Natural Resource Cases 159
7 Doan Brook: Latent Intractability 193
8 Portraits of Self and Others: State-Level Conflict over Water Regulation in Ohio 225
9 Comparing Water Cases 255
10 The Story of Drake Chemical: A Burning Issue 275
11 When the Parents Be Cancer-Free: Community Voice, Toxics, and Environmental Justice in Chattanooga, Tennessee 303
12 Framing Effects in Toxic Disputes: Cross-Case Analysis 333
13 Colorado Growth-Related Environmental Conflicts 355
14 Analysis of Colorado Growth Conflict Frames 387
15 Lessons Learned about the Framing and Reframing of Intractable Environmental Conflicts 409
Bibliography 437
About the Contributors 449
Index 455
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