The role of justice in historical negotiations

Wagner, Lynn and Druckman, Daniel (2012) The role of justice in historical negotiations. Negotiation and Conflict Management Research, 5 (1). pp. 49-71. ISSN 1750-4708


This study explores the role of justice in eleven historical cases of inter-governmental negotiation. Building on results obtained in several recent studies on justice in negotiation, we examine a set of hypotheses about relationships among negotiating process (as distributive bargaining or problem solving), justice (as procedural and distributive), outcomes (as compromise or integrative), and the duration of the agreements. The process variables were coded from negotiators’ statements with categories from the bargaining process analysis system. The justice variables were coded with a system developed in recent studies on peace agreements. Similar to the results obtained by Hollander-Blumoff and Tyler (2008: 473) in a simulated legal setting, we find correlations between procedural justice, problem solving, and integrative outcomes. Similar to the results obtained by Druckman and Albin (2011: 1137) on peace agreements, we find a strong relationship between distributive justice and the durability of the agreement. In these cases, problem-solving processes were shown to mediate the relationship between procedural justice and integrative outcomes. The findings suggest that justice plays an important role across a variety of negotiation settings. We present these results as heuristic, suggesting avenues for further research on larger and more diverse samples of cases.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - USQ Other
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - USQ Other
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2013 12:09
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2014 04:40
Uncontrolled Keywords: distributive bargaining; distributive justice; durability of agreements; integrative outcomes; inter-governmental negotiation; problem solving; procedural justice
Fields of Research (2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1606 Political Science > 160607 International Relations
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2201 Applied Ethics > 220104 Human Rights and Justice Issues
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2001 Communication and Media Studies > 200103 International and Development Communication
Fields of Research (2020): 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4408 Political science > 440808 International relations
50 PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES > 5001 Applied ethics > 500104 Human rights and justice issues (excl. law)
47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4701 Communication and media studies > 470104 International and development communication
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): A Defence > 81 Defence > 8101 Defence > 810107 National Security
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