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Author: Adil Najam

1. Description

This class opens the discussion on the various types of complexities related to parties. This includes not just the number of parties but also the type of parties, the different roles played by different types of parties, and the dynamics involved in these multi-party interactions. A key theme of this class is coalitions and coalition arithmetic.

2. Ancillary Material

2.1. Readings

2.1.1. Required

  • David A. Lax and James K. Sebenius. 1991. “Thinking Coalitionally: Party Arithmatic, Process Opportunism, and Strategic Sequencing.” Chapter 8 in Negotiation Analysis edited by H. Peyton Young. Pages 153-193. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press.
  • Adil Najam. 2000. “Collectives in International Multilateral Negotiation.” Chapter 2 in Getting Beyond the Lowest Common Denominator. Sections 2.3. Pages 49-67. MIMEO.
  • Howard Raiffa with John Richardson and David Metcalfe. 2002. “Coalitions.” Chapter 23 in Negotiation Analysis. Pages 430-449. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.
  • Howard Raiffa with John Richardson and David Metcalfe. 2002. “Pluralistic Parties.” Chapter 25 in Negotiation Analysis. Pages 465-483. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.
  • Elinor Ostrom. 1990. “Reflections on the Common.” Chapter 1 in Governing the Commons: The Evoluton of Institutions for Collective Action. Pages 1-23. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.