The role of justice in negotiation

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Albin, Cecilia and Druckman, Daniel. 2010. "The role of justice in negotiation." Kilgour, D. Marc and Eden, Colin (ed.) Handbook of group decision and negotiation. Dordrecht, Netherlands. Springer. pp. 109-119
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The role of justice in negotiation

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID3337
Book TitleHandbook of group decision and negotiation
AuthorsAlbin, Cecilia (Author) and Druckman, Daniel (Author)
EditorsKilgour, D. Marc and Eden, Colin
Page Range109-119
SeriesAdvances in Group Decision and Negotiation
Number of Pages11
Year2010
PublisherSpringer
Place of PublicationDordrecht, Netherlands
ISBN9789048190966
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/978-90-481-9097-3_7
Web Address (URL)http://www.springerlink.com/content/mh6211865m6x3751/fulltext.pdf
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This chapter discusses the role of justice in negotiation between rival parties and the durability of peace agreements. It draws on research about group negotiation processes and agreements to end civil wars, mostly during the early 1990s. Hypothesized relationships between the presence and importance of distributive justice (DJ) in the agreements, and their durability, were first explored with multiple methods (see also the chapter by Koeszegi and Vetschera, this volume). The difficulty of the conflict environment was shown to have the strongest impact on durability. However, the DJ principle of equality was found to reduce the negative impact of difficult environments. An emphasis on equality was also associated with more forward-looking agreements, which were found to be more durable than those that were backward looking. (See also the chapters by Nurmi, Klamber, Kilgour and Hipel, Turel, and Yuan, this volume for modeling approaches to issues of justice and fairness.) Next, the presence and importance of procedural justice (PJ) were examined in the negotiation processes that led to the signing of the peace agreements. Significantly more durable agreements occurred when a process based on PJ led to agreements that emphasized equality. This focus on process is similar to the analyses conducted by the authors chapters (See also the chapter by Koeszegi and Vetschera, Kersten and Lai, this volume). A close examination of how the equality principle was applied revealed that agreements based on provisions of equal treatment and/or equal shares were particularly durable. The chapter concludes with a discussion of tactics used by third parties to produce durable agreements, and lessons for policy.

Keywordsnegotiation; international relations; peace agreements
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020500104. Human rights and justice issues (excl. law)
440808. International relations
440804. Defence studies
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