The Occurrence of Mediation: A Critical Evaluation of the Current Debate

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  • I am indebted to Victor Asal for suggestions and encouraging words. I also wish to thank the editors of International Studies Review and the anonymous reviewers for their valuable comments.

Abstract

Hellman, Johan. (2012) The Occurrence of Mediation: A Critical Evaluation of the Current Debate. International Studies Review, doi: 10.1111/misr.12015
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Scholars of international mediation have paid insufficient attention to the determinants of mediation incidence. This is unfortunate, since a better understanding about what circumstances promote mediation occurrence would be of great benefit to other branches of the field, as, for example, mediation efficiency evaluation. This literature review addresses this topic, reviews the current literature, evaluates and problematizes some core concepts and assumptions, and suggests ways forward. It especially emphasizes the critical need of approaching the theoretical debates of international relations to provide a more solid base for mediation studies, and to enrich the field with studies that explore the potentials of a plurality of theoretical perspectives.

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