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    Understanding the interaction in mediation caucuses: Negotiation positions, disputant assessments, bias and neutrality

    Garcia, Angela Cora (2019) Understanding the interaction in mediation caucuses: Negotiation positions, disputant assessments, bias and neutrality. Journal of Mediation & Applied Conflict Analysis, 6 (2). ISSN 2009-7170

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    Previous research on how mediation helps disputing parties to reach resolution has not addressed the interaction in caucuses (i.e. separate meetings) between mediators and individual disputants which may be held in addition to the joint mediationsessions. This discourse-analytic study of videotaped mediation caucuses reveals both constructive and potentially problematic aspects of participants’ interaction during the caucuses. While some disputants engaged in constructive actions,such as articulating their bottom line negotiating position or sharing information with the mediator which had not been revealed in the joint session, others produced negative assessments of the opposing disputants. Also, mediators’ opennessin expressing their own opinions during caucuses undermined their ability to display neutrality and avoid taking sides. The implications of these findings for mediation practice and further research directions are discussed.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: mediation caucuses; conflict resolution; mediation practice; neutrality; JMACA;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > Edward M Kennedy Institute
    Item ID: 12924
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    Depositing User: Kennedy Institute
    Date Deposited: 11 May 2020 09:39
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Mediation & Applied Conflict Analysis
    Publisher: Maynooth Academic Publishing
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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