SMNR: Dispute Resolution: Public Policy & Government

Class Unique: 29410
This seminar will focus on the use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) processes in resolving public policy and government disputes. The course will first provide an overview of governmental decision-making, ADR processes, and interest-based negotiation theory. Some background, experience or course work in negotiation, mediation, or dispute resolution processes is recommended. The larger focus of the course will be the distinctive forms of ADR used in public policy dispute resolution (i.e. collaborative problem-solving techniques such as negotiated rulemaking & systems design). Analysis will be focused on a range of specific government ADR uses from employment disputes to multi-party and complex public conflicts. This is a writing seminar. Active class participation will be expected including participation in role-playing and problems. A paper will be required from each student. The paper will contain either a design and/or analysis of an actual dispute resolution system for a governmental agency or a research topic analyzing selected public policy issues raised by governmental use of ADR processes.

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Thursday 3:30 - 5:20 pm TNH 3.129
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Schwartz, Suzanne Schwartz, Suzanne
Menicucci, Margaret M Menicucci, Margaret M