11.255 Negotiation and Dispute Resolution in the Public Sector

Spring 2005

Fire Island.
In 2003, Fire Island used a negotiating committee to reach consensus on an agreement to guide the drafting of new off-road driving regulations. (Photo courtesy of the National Park Service.)

Course Highlights

This course features descriptions of interactive negotiation games in the related resources section as well as a complete reading list.

Course Description

This course investigates social conflict and distributional disputes in the public sector. While theoretical aspects of conflict are considered, the focus of the class is on the practice of dispute resolution. Comparisons between unassisted and assisted negotiation are reviewed along with the techniques of facilitation and mediation.
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Prof. Lawrence Susskind

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
2 hours / session