Negotiation and Dispute Resolution in the Public Sector

A photograph of the coast of Fire Island, New York.

In 2003, Fire Island used a negotiating committee to reach consensus on an agreement to guide the drafting of new off-road driving regulations. (Photo courtesy of the National Park Service.)


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Spring 2005



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This course investigates social conflict and distributional disputes in the public sector. While theoretical aspects of conflict are considered, the focus of the class is on the practice of dispute resolution. Comparisons between unassisted and assisted negotiation are reviewed along with the techniques of facilitation and mediation.

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Lawrence Susskind. 11.255 Negotiation and Dispute Resolution in the Public Sector. Spring 2005. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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