Title

Government Agencies as Mediators in Public Policy Conflicts

Publication Date

4-1-1994

Abstract

This study evaluates an attempt to develop a mediation program within a state environmental agency. A number of concerns arose during the agency's efforts to use mediation, including the neutrality of mediators, the types of cases mediated, the voluntary participation of parties, and acceptance of the mediated agreement. These issues were examined through a case study of a conflict that was mediated by the agency. Based on issues in the case, criteria are suggested which help guard against the problems that arise when government agencies serve a mediating role. These criteria may be useful to any organization that contemplates using mediation to help resolve conflict.

Publication Title

International Journal Of Conflict Management

Volume

5

Issue

2

First Page

158

Last Page

180

DOI

10.1108/eb022741

Version

pre-print, post-print

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