Alternative Mechanisms for Negotiating Policy
When problems become intractable, what recourse do you have? How do we best deal with angry citizens when trying to move forward on contentious policies, e.g., health regulations or the setting of a hazardous waste facility? In this class we will consider the potential of alternative dispute resolution as well as conduct an in-class simulation of a real dispute with class members role-playing for points.
Quotes of the Day
Former First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton was elected Senator from New York in 2000. During President Bill Clinton's first term, she spearheaded the Administration's effort to establish national health care. It ultimately failed and some analysts have suggested that the way the debate was handled seriously set-back the cause of health care reform. Here Clinton describes the importance of compromise in the political process.
Hillary Rodham Clinton, Living History, 2003, Simon and Schuster
What is the role of compromise in policymaking? How do you determine when compromise is “good” and “rational” and when it’s a betrayal of principles? Is “gridlock” always a bad thing?
- Lawrence Susskind and Patrick Field. Chap. 6, When Values Collide, Dealing With An Angry Public. The Free Press, 1996.
Case Application: Harvard Program on Negotiation "games": Appleton v. Baker and Mountain View Farm
Policy Exercise #3 due
Please see the Assignments folder for this course. It includes the assignment along with student examples.
- Harvard Program in Negotiation - http://www.pon.harvard.edu