Research Guide for

POLS 1195 Conflict and Negotiation (Burch)


Choosing a Topic

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Databases do not understand sentences or "natural language". We have to use keywords -- the main words of our topics -- when searching. Here are some example keywords to use in searching. Mix and match them to find more articles. (Note: this is not an exhaustive list!)

dispute resolution
conflict resolution
conflict management
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) examples: facilitation, negotiation, mediation, arbitration
restorative Justice
peace Circles
victim-Offender Reconciliation Programs (VORP)
truth and Reconciliation commissions
peer mediation (especially in schools)

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Classic Articles in Dispute Resolution
Aubert V. "Competition and Dissensu: Two Types of Conflict and Conflict Resoluation." Journal of Conflict Resolution 7 (1963): 26-32.
Barsky, A.E. "When Advocates and Mediators Negotiate." Negotiation Journal 9 (1993) 115-122; 273-274.
Lang, Michael, ed. "Transformative Approaches to Mediation". Special Issue. Mediation Quarterly 13(4) (1996).

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Prominent Authors in the field:
Azar, Edward E.
Bercowitch, Jacob.
Blalock, Hubert M.
Boulding, Kenneth
Burton, John.Bush, Robert A.
De Bono, Edward
Kolb, Deborah
Pruitt, Dean G.
Kriesberg, Louis
Lang, Michael
Menkel-Meadow, Carrie
Moore, Christopher W.
Pruit, Dean G.
Rubin, Jeffrey Z.