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Complexity and the role of values in mediated water disputes: Exploring resolution


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Scholars and practitioners of environmental conflict resolution recognize the complex nature of environmental conflicts, encompassing such elements as resource distribution, value differences, data interpretations, relationship problems, structural constraints, and competing interests. A transformative approach to resolution would suggest parties should address both immediate and underlying root causes of the conflict by understanding and resolving all aspects of even the most complex conflicts. This research provides the analysis and results of interviewing more than twenty conflict resolution practitioners about their experiences mediating water-related disputes, particularly focusing on the role of differences in parties' core values and impacts or influences associated with whether such differences were resolved. It found that while value differences were present in every case described, this source of conflict was most frequently identified as not addressed during resolution. Further, results indicated (71% confidence) that practitioners were more likely to observe value differences were not addressed for cases they indicated had achieved full resolution. The resulting question this result raises for the field is whether full resolution can actually be achieved without addressing value differences.

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Subject
Water Resource Management;
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Classification
0595: Water Resource Management
0649: Alternative Dispute Resolution
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Earth sciences; Conflict resolution; Environmental conflict; Mediation; Source of conflict; Value difference; Water dispute
Title
Complexity and the role of values in mediated water disputes: Exploring resolution
Author
Wilson, Aimee M.
Number of pages
94
Publication year
2011
Degree date
2011
School code
0076
Source
MAI 49/05M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781124603339
Advisor
Zelizer, Craig
Committee member
Beach, Timothy; Tidwell, Alan
University/institution
Georgetown University
Department
Conflict Resolution
University location
United States -- District of Columbia
Degree
M.A.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1491596
ProQuest document ID
865366530
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/865366530
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