The Handbook of Dispute Resolution

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Michael L. Moffitt, Robert C. Bordone
Wiley, Sep 1, 2005 - Law - 560 pages
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This volume is an essential, cutting-edge reference for all practitioners, students, and teachers in the field of dispute resolution. Each chapter was written specifically for this collection and has never before been published. The book's contributors draw from a wide range of academic disciplines and represent many of the most prominent names in dispute resolution today, including Frank E. A. Sander, Carrie Menkel-Meadow, Bruce Patton, Lawrence Susskind, Ethan Katsh, Deborah Kolb, and Max Bazerman.

The Handbook of Dispute Resolution contains the most current thinking about dispute resolution. It synthesizes more than thirty years of research into cogent, practitioner-focused chapters that assume no previous background in the field. At the same time, the book offers path-breaking research and theory that will interest those who have been immersed in the study or practice of dispute resolution for years. The Handbook also offers insights on how to understand disputants. It explores how personality factors, emotions, concerns about identity, relationship dynamics, and perceptions contribute to the escalation of disputes. The volume also explains some of the lessons available from viewing disputes through the lens of gender and cultural differences.

The book looks closely at the structure of disputes and dispute contexts, offers advice for creating value in disputes, using agents, and explores settlement through tools such as decision analysis. The information on law, ethics, and organizational dynamics offers particular insights into the ways that disputes are shaped by factors beyond the parties themselves. The book also contains a comprehensive review of a wide range of available dispute resolution processes. Chapters on negotiation, mediation, arbitration, litigation, and consensus building serve as perfect introductions to the field and as useful syntheses for experienced practitioners.

Finally, the book explores the topics that are likely to be at the center of dispute resolution in the coming decades. Disputes now commonly arise or are resolved online, in transboundary settings, or in other nontraditional contexts. The Handbook concludes with a glimpse of the future: What will dispute resolution look like over the next thirty years?

Published as part of a special series with the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, The Handbook of Dispute Resolution offers the most complete and authoritative synthesis of the field available.

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Michael L. Moffitt is an associate professor and the associate director of the Appropriate Dispute Resolution Program at the University of Oregon School of Law.

Robert C. Bordone is the Thaddeus R. Beal Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School and the deputy director of the Harvard Negotiation Research Project at Harvard Law School.

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