Conflict and Collaboration: For Better or Worse

Conflict and Collaboration: For Better or Worse


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In this volume, scholars from different disciplines join together to examine the overlapping domains of conflict and collaboration studies.

It examines the relationships between ideas and practices in the fields of conflict resolution and collaboration from multiple disciplinary perspectives. The central theme is that conflict and collaboration can be good, bad, or even benign, depending on a number of factors. These include the role of power, design of the process itself, skill level and intent of the actors, social contexts, and world views. The book demonstrates that various blends of conflict and collaboration can be more or less constructively effective. It discusses specific cases, analytical methods, and interventions, and emphasizes both developing propositions and reflecting on specific cases and contexts. The book concludes with specific policy recommendations for many sets of actors—those in peacebuilding, social movements, governments, and communities—plus students of conflict studies.

This book will be of much interest to students, scholars, and practitioners of peace and conflict studies, public administration, sociology, and political science.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780815395287
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 05/10/2018
Series: Routledge Studies in Security and Conflict Management Series
Pages: 230
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Louis Kriesberg is Maxwell Professor Emeritus of Social Conflict Studies and founding director of the Program on the Analysis and Resolution of Conflicts (PARC), at Syracuse University, USA.

Catherine Gerard is the Director of the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC) at the Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, USA.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Conflict Resolution and Collaboration Catherine Gerard and Louis Kriesberg

2. Improving Social Relations Louis Kriesberg

3. The Long Island, New York Pine Barrens Experience: From Confrontation to Consensus Susan L. Senecah

4. Understanding the Link Between Collaboration and Better or Worse Relations: The View from Public Administration Catherine Gerard and Rosemary O’Leary

5. Building the International Space Station: Leadership, Conflict, and Collaboration W. Henry Lambright

6. The Future of Public Participation: Better Design, Better Relations Tina Nabatchi and Suyeon Jo

7. Conflict as Troubling Waters? How Steering for Results Can Impede the Public Administrator as Conflict Arbiter Eva Wolf

8. Coercing Consensus? Notes on Power and the Hegemony of Collaboration Robert A. Rubinstein, Shaundel N. Sanchez and Sandra D. Lane

9. Government Collaborations in Belize Central America: From Better to Worse in Shared Ecological Conservation Governance? Steven R. Brechin and Osmany Salas

10. The Role of Coercion in Collaboration John S. Burdick

11. Concentric Circles of Sisterhood: American Nuns Respond to Vatican Kyriarchy Margaret Susan Thompson

12. Conflict and Collaboration in International Relations Theory Robert M. Demgenski and Miriam Fendius Elman

13. Collaboration, Conflict, and the Search for Sustainable Peacebuilding Bruce W. Dayton

14. Conclusion: Implications and Recommendations Louis Kriesberg and Catherine Gerard

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