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Designing a dispute resolution system for water policy and management

Designing a dispute resolution system for water policy and management ConclusionsThe Montana state water planning process represents one example of how a government agency with decision-making responsibilities can design and facilitate a dispute resolution system. Dispute resolution systems can increase the participation of all affected interests in developing and implementing public policy. This, in turn, should increase their ownership in the final decision and in seeing that it is implemented. A dispute resolution system may not decrease the volume of conflicts, per se, but it should reduce the high costs of conflict and realize the benefits of conflict more efficiently.The use of dispute resolution systems to address complex, multi-party public policy issues also provides other benefits, including the consideration of diverse perspectives and interests; the cooperative and systematic analysis of technical and scientific information; the formation of more pragmatic, equitable, and mutually acceptable goals and alternatives; and the improvement of relationships among diverse, often competing interests, government agencies, and policymakers. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Negotiation Journal Springer Journals

Designing a dispute resolution system for water policy and management

Negotiation Journal , Volume 8 (2) – Apr 1, 1992

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © Plenum Publishing Corporation 1992
ISSN
0748-7526
eISSN
1571-9979
DOI
10.1007/bf01000632
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Abstract

ConclusionsThe Montana state water planning process represents one example of how a government agency with decision-making responsibilities can design and facilitate a dispute resolution system. Dispute resolution systems can increase the participation of all affected interests in developing and implementing public policy. This, in turn, should increase their ownership in the final decision and in seeing that it is implemented. A dispute resolution system may not decrease the volume of conflicts, per se, but it should reduce the high costs of conflict and realize the benefits of conflict more efficiently.The use of dispute resolution systems to address complex, multi-party public policy issues also provides other benefits, including the consideration of diverse perspectives and interests; the cooperative and systematic analysis of technical and scientific information; the formation of more pragmatic, equitable, and mutually acceptable goals and alternatives; and the improvement of relationships among diverse, often competing interests, government agencies, and policymakers.

Journal

Negotiation JournalSpringer Journals

Published: Apr 1, 1992

Keywords: State Water; Planning Process; Steering Committee; Plan Section; Dispute Resolution

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