Information, Bias, and Mediation Success

International Studies Quarterly, Vol. 52, pp. 25-47, 2008

23 Pages Posted: 19 Aug 2009 Last revised: 21 Aug 2009

Date Written: April 18, 2008


Why do some mediation episodes produce successful negotiated settlements between the disputants of international conflict while others fail to achieve success? This article examines how certain characteristics of a mediator, that is, a mediator’s information about the disputants and a mediator’s bias toward them, affect the success of mediation of international conflicts. By drawing a conceptual distinction between absolute and relative bias and measuring the type of information that is relevant for mediation success, I demonstrate that both the degree of bias a mediator holds toward the disputants and the degree of information a mediator has about the disputants are significant predictors of mediation success.

Keywords: mediation, mediator, bias

Suggested Citation

Savun, Burcu, Information, Bias, and Mediation Success (April 18, 2008). International Studies Quarterly, Vol. 52, pp. 25-47, 2008, Available at SSRN:

Burcu Savun (Contact Author)

University of Pittsburgh ( email )

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Pittsburgh, PA 15260
United States

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