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Negotiating Environmental Agreements : How To Avoid Escalating Confrontation Needless Costs And Unnecessary Litigation - Lawrence Susskind

Negotiating Environmental Agreements

How To Avoid Escalating Confrontation Needless Costs And Unnecessary Litigation

Paperback Published: 1st December 1999
ISBN: 9781559636339
Number Of Pages: 346

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When business leaders, government officials, and other stakeholders come to the table in an environmental, health, or safety dispute, acrimony often results, leading to expensive and time-consuming litigation. Not only does this waste precious resources, but rarely does the process produce the best outcome for any of the parties involved.

For the past five years, the authors of this volume have conducted semi-annual seminars at the Massachussetts Institute of Technology and at Harvard to provide business leaders and regulators with the knowledge and skills they need to more effectively handle environmental, health, and safety negotiations. Their strategy, known as the "mutual gains approach," is a proven method of producing fairer, more efficient, more stable, and wiser results. Negotiating Environmental Agreements provides the first comprehensive introduction to this widely practiced and highly effective approach to environmental regulation.

The book begins with an overview of the mutual gains approach, introducing important concepts and ideas from negotiation theory as well as the theory and practice of mediation. The authors then offer five model negotiations from their MIT-Harvard Public Disputes seminar, followed by a series of real-world negotiated environmental agreements that illustrate the kinds of outcomes possible when the mutual gains approach is employed. A collection of writings by leading experts provide valuable insights into the process, and appendixes offer both instructions for conducting model negotiation sessions and analysis of actual game results from earlier seminars.

This is the only prescriptive text available for the many regulatees and regulators involved in environmental regulatory negotiations each year. Anyone involved with environmental negotiation -- including corporate and public sector managers, students of environmental policy, environmental management, and business management -- will find the book an essential resource.

Introductionp. 1
The Mutual Gains Approachp. 17
Putting Your Skills to the Testp. 41
Case Examples of Negotiated Agreementsp. 105
Mercury Discharge Permitsp. 109
Shoreline Restoration on Martha's Vineyardp. 128
Coastal Zone Regulations in Delawarep. 143
Superfund Cleanup at the Massachusetts Military Reservationp. 167
Selected Readingsp. 201
"They Treated Me Like a Criminal": Sanctions, Enforcement Characteristics, and Compliancep. 203
The Negotiator's Dilemma: Creating and Claiming Valuep. 227
Squaring Off at the Table, Not in the Courtsp. 240
Mediation and Other Forms of Assisted Negotiationp. 249
The Risks and the Advantages of Agency Discretion: Evidence from EPA's Project XLp. 277
Bibliographyp. 315
Mediation/Facilitation Resourcesp. 319
About the Authorsp. 325
Indexp. 327
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ISBN: 9781559636339
ISBN-10: 1559636335
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 346
Published: 1st December 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.8  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.61
Edition Number: 74