Chronicling the Complexification of Negotiation Theory and Practice

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  • Carrie Menkel-Meadow

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    1. Georgetown University Law Center and Founding Faculty, University of California, Irvine School of Law
      Carrie Menkel-Meadow is A. B. Chettle, Jr. Professor of Law, Dispute Resolution, and Civil Procedure at Georgetown University Law Center and Founding Faculty, University of California, Irvine School of Law. For 2009–2010, she will also serve as the faculty director of the Center for Transnational Legal Studies in London. Her e-mail address is meadow@law.georgetown.edu.
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Carrie Menkel-Meadow is A. B. Chettle, Jr. Professor of Law, Dispute Resolution, and Civil Procedure at Georgetown University Law Center and Founding Faculty, University of California, Irvine School of Law. For 2009–2010, she will also serve as the faculty director of the Center for Transnational Legal Studies in London. Her e-mail address is meadow@law.georgetown.edu.

Abstract

The essay reviews the content of twenty-five years of Negotiation Journal, identifying themes and issues explored on its pages in the past, the current issues challenging the field's scholars and practitioners, and the issues likely to confront us in the future. It argues that while we in the field hoped for simple, elegant, and universal theories of negotiation and conflict resolution, the last twenty-five years have demonstrated the increasing complexification of negotiation theory and practice, from increased numbers of parties and issues, and dilemmas of intertemporal commitments, ethics, accountability, and relationships of private action to public responsibility.

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