Special Issue Article

Enhancing Environmental Quality and Sustainability through Negotiation and Conflict Management: Research into Systems, Dynamics, and Practices

Authors
  • Michael L. Elliott
  • Sanda Kaufman

Abstract

In a world of rapid population growth, urbanization, and climate change, sustainability and environmental integrity are increasingly central concerns. The frequent recurrence of conflict within these arenas, coupled to the difficulty in determining their impact on social–ecological systems, challenges governance at all levels of society. Negotiation‐based conflict management provides a promising response to these challenges. This guest editor's article examines: (a) the emergence and conduct of environmental and public policy (EPP) conflict management as a distinctive practice over the past 40 years; (b) the interplay between theories of environmental decision‐making and practices of EPP conflict management; (c) trends in research into EPP conflict management systems, the dynamics of interventions into these systems to resolve conflict, and the efficacy and impact of EPP conflict management practices; and (d) the contributions of the articles contained in this special issue to this literature and future directions in the field.

Keywords: sustainable community, environmental conflict resolution, mediation, stakeholders, citizen participation, evaluation

How to Cite:

Elliott, M. & Kaufman, S., (2016) “Enhancing Environmental Quality and Sustainability through Negotiation and Conflict Management: Research into Systems, Dynamics, and Practices”, Negotiation and Conflict Management Research 9(3), 199-219. doi: https://doi.org/10.34891/m95m-4h46

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Published on
28 Jul 2016
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