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Mediation's Dirty Little Secret: Straight Talk About Mediator Manipulation and Deception

Journal of Alternative Dispute Resolution in Employment, Vol. 2, No. 4, p. 4, 2000

4 Pages Posted: 9 Sep 2011  

James Richard Coben

Hamline University School of Law

Date Written: 2000

Abstract

The author examines what he calls 'mediation's dirty little secret' - the degree to which mediators themselves routinely and unabashedly engage in manipulation and deception to foster settlements, albeit under the rationale of fostering self-determination. Sophisticated consumers have come to know and expect it. Unsophisticated consumers are not so lucky.

Keywords: mediation, ethics, professional conduct, self-determination

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Coben, James Richard, Mediation's Dirty Little Secret: Straight Talk About Mediator Manipulation and Deception (2000). Journal of Alternative Dispute Resolution in Employment, Vol. 2, No. 4, p. 4, 2000. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1923951

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