Chronicling the Complexification of Negotiation Theory and Practice

16 Pages Posted: 6 Nov 2009

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Carrie Menkel-Meadow

University of California, Irvine School of Law; Georgetown University Law Center


The essay reviews the content of twenty-five years of the Harvard Program on Negotiation's Negotiation Journal, identifying themes and issues explored on its pages in the past, the current issues challenging the field’s scholars and practitioners, and the issues likely to confront us in the future. It argues that while we in the field hoped for simple, elegant, and universal theories of negotiation and conflict resolution, the last twenty-five years have demonstrated the increasing complexification of negotiation theory and practice, from increased numbers of parties and issues, and dilemmas of intertemporal commitments, ethics, accountability, and relationships of private action to public responsibility

Keywords: Negotiation, dispute resolution, theory, practice, teaching

Suggested Citation

Menkel-Meadow, Carrie J., Chronicling the Complexification of Negotiation Theory and Practice. Negotiation Journal, Vol. 25, No. 4, pp. 415-429, October 2009; Georgetown Public Law Research Paper No. 1500645; UC Irvine School of Law Research Paper No. 2010-3. Available at SSRN:

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