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"Breaking BATNAs: Negotiation Lessons from Walter White" Free Download
New Mexico Law Review, Forthcoming

JENNIFER W. REYNOLDS, University of Oregon School of Law

Walter White could teach us many things: how to read the periodic table; how to destroy a tub with hydrofluoric acid; how to build a battery; how to make poison out of castor beans; how to build a bomb under a wheelchair; how to use the remote control of the car to operate a machine gun; and how to coordinate multiple assassinations of prison informants within thirty seconds of one another. But these are niche skills at best. Is there anything useful we can learn from Walter White?

As it turns out, Walter White can also teach us how to negotiate — or, to put it more precisely, watching Walter White negotiate in Breaking Bad helps us think more clearly about what we are doing when we negotiate. For the student of negotiation, Breaking Bad is an absolute treasure trove, producing an incredibly complex and varied array of bargaining parties and negotiated transactions, week after week. What’s so fascinating about these transactions is that they draw on familiar, foundational negotiation concepts in the service of less familiar, usually illicit ends. Put another way, when we watch Walter White negotiate, we watch a mega-criminal anti-hero implement the same “value-neutral? strategies that we teach lawyers and businesspeople. Learning to negotiate from Walter White, therefore, allows us to engage in an analytical exercise that explores the conventional wisdom around negotiation in a fresh, modern context, while implicating more critical conversations around value neutrality and other normative concerns in negotiation theory and practice.

Breaking Bad ran for five seasons. In this article, I have chosen five negotiations, one from each season, each featuring Walter White. For these five negotiations, I provide close readings that show how the negotiations demonstrate and/or disrupt foundational negotiation concepts or skills. I then suggest some possible takeaways for negotiators and analysts. The article concludes with a brief thought about ethical implications in negotiation theory and practice.

"Developments in Intermediary Liability" Free Download
Research Handbook On EU Internet Law, Andrej Savin and Jan Trzaskowski (eds), Edward Elgar (2014)

ANDRÉS GUADAMUZ, University of Sussex

This article looks at the more recent efforts to erode the principles of limitation of liability that have served as the cornerstone of Internet regulation for some years. We will briefly study existing legislation and then we will chart the latest efforts to see the attacks on these limits, particularly by the introduction of graduated response, and the case law that seeks other solutions, such as filtering and blocking.

"McCutcheon Calls for a National Referendum on Campaign Finance (Literally)" Free Download
114 Colum. L. Rev. Sidebar 84

ANDREW TUTT, Yale University - Information Society Project, Yale University - Law School

In McCutcheon v. FEC, the Supreme Court tightened First Amendment limits on Congress’s authority to regulate campaign financing. McCutcheon ostensibly left in place the old regime that allows campaign-finance regulation so long as it strikes at quid pro quo corruption or its appearance. But two recurring themes in the McCutcheon opinion indicate that this standard will from hereon be more difficult to meet. One is that campaign-finance laws prevent individuals from participating meaningfully in democratic change. The second is that Congress cannot be trusted to pass campaign-finance laws because such laws are tainted by self-interest. As Chief Justice Roberts wrote in McCutcheon’s plurality opinion, “[T]hose who govern should be the last people to help decide who should govern.? This Essay argues that these two themes actually chart a way forward for those who wish to see greater regulation of campaign financing. If Congress were to hold a national referendum to reenact the limits the Supreme Court struck down in McCutcheon, those limits would be constitutional even though the same limits passed by Congress were not. The reason is that limits backed by a popular vote would satisfy McCutcheon’s concerns with congressional self-dealing while vindicating directly its concern with maximizing each individual’s opportunity to take an active part in democratic self-governance. Moreover, an answer from the People themselves to the most relevant question in any campaign-finance case — whether a practice gives rise to the appearance of corruption — is the best way one could imagine for discovering whether it does so. One might say that McCutcheon literally calls for a referendum on campaign finance. This Essay explores this notion in depth and closes by assessing the constitutionality and practicality of the referendum option.

"Corporate Crime and the Corporate Agenda for Crime Control: Disappearing Awareness of Corporate Crime and Increasing Abuses of Power" Free Download
Western Criminology Review 14(2):38-51, 2013

PAUL LEIGHTON, Eastern Michigan University - Dept of Sociology, Anthropology & Criminology

This paper is part of a symposium based around Gregg Barak's book Theft of a Nation. After reviewing several highlights from the book, this paper explores the factors that corrupt the criminological imagination about crimes of the powerful and especially corporate power. The first section, “Size matters,? helps stimulate thinking about the sheer size of corporations and why it is important. Subsequent sections briefly review the impact this has on law making and enforcement. Equally problematic is the lack of white collar and corporate crime in national “crime? reports. This is especially a problem when governments partner with financial institutions to address fraud, and where industry funds research reports on its own victimization without similar resources going to study victimization of the public by industry and commerce. A final section provides a reminder about the corporate ownership of media.

"Legalizing Recreational Marijuana: Comparing Ballot Outcomes in Four States" Free Download
Journal of Qualitative Criminal Justice and Criminology, Vol. 2, No. 2, October 2014

RONALD WEITZER, George Washington University

Medical marijuana is now available in 23 states, and its growing acceptance has paved the way for the legalization of recreational marijuana. This article examines four recent campaigns to legalize recreational marijuana – two failures and two successes. Using data from newspaper sources, interviews with key players, and other sources, we examine the factors that influence whether a ballot initiative succeeds or fails. We identify similarities and differences between the four measures, the social forces shaping the debate, their claims and counterclaims, and a set of factors that appear to increase the odds that a recreational marijuana ballot measure will be successful.

"Ending Farm Subsidies: Unplowed Common Ground" Free Download

MATTHEW D. MITCHELL, George Mason University - Mercatus Center

In recent years, food stamps have constituted about 80 percent of farm bill spending, which may be why nearly 100 percent of public debate has focused there. Unfortunately, with all of the attention on food stamps, both political parties have missed the opportunity for reform that lies in the remaining 20 percent of the farm bill.


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