The Role of Mediation in Peamaking and Peacekeeping Negotiations

CORE Discussion Paper No. 2004/5

35 Pages Posted: 27 Feb 2007

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Ester Camina

University of Barcelona

Nicolas Porteiro

University Pablo de Olavide

Date Written: February 20, 2004


We develop a model of bargaining that provides a rationality for the difference in the method of negotiation, depending on the nature of the conflict. We distinguish negotiations previous to a potential conflict, and negotiations during a conflict. In these contexts, we study the role of a mediator that tries to achieve a certain balance between the efficiency of the agreement and the equality of the sharing. We show that the credibility of the mediator comes from his willingness to impose delays in the negotiation, even if that implies costs. We also find how the ìweakî player in the conflict can strategically profit from the mediatorís quest for equity. Finally, we show how the capacity of the mediator to induce a higher equality in the sharing is always higher in a peacemaking situation than in a peacekeeping one.

Keywords: bargaining, mediation, Rubinstein

JEL Classification: C72, C78

Suggested Citation

Camina, Ester and Porteiro, Nicolas, The Role of Mediation in Peamaking and Peacekeeping Negotiations (February 20, 2004). Available at SSRN: or

Ester Camina (Contact Author)

University of Barcelona ( email )

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Barcelona, 08007

Nicolas Porteiro

University Pablo de Olavide ( email )

Ctra. Utrera, Km.1
Sevilla, Seville 41010

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