The Structure of Conflict

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1988-07-01
  • Publisher: Lawrence Erlbau

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A theory that attempts to bring order to the chaotic variety of conflict usually begins by distinguishing types of conflict and formulating general explanatory principles that relate and integrate them. In contrast to traditional methods, this book describes and explores the structural aspects of different types of conflicts, and discusses the important implications involved for both choosing and achieving methods for resolving conflict. Two important facets of conflict structure are recognized: the individuals involved and the behavioral principles that govern them; and the existence of options and their structural relation. This monograph will be of interest to researchers and practitioners of conflict resolution, such as mediators, lawyers, diplomats, counselors and psychologists, and students in experimental and social psychology, labor relations, poilitical science and law.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. i
Introductionp. 1
Type I Conflictp. 7
Previewp. 9
The Theory of Individual Preference: Type I Conflict Resolutionp. 11
Motivational Processes, Framing Effects and the Classification of Type I Conflictsp. 37
The Difficulty of Resolving Type I Conflicts: Research Suggestions and Conjecturesp. 49
Type II Conflictp. 63
Previewp. 65
Basic Conceptsp. 67
Utility, Power, and Fairnessp. 75
Edgeworth's Economical Calculusp. 95
On Constructing Optionsp. 107
The Frontier of Preferencep. 111
The Classification and the Difficulty of Resolving Type II Conflictsp. 153
Multiparty Conflicts and Election Systemsp. 167
A Summary, Some Correspondences, and a Transitionp. 177
Type III Conflictp. 183
Previewp. 185
Type III Conflictp. 187
Perspective and Conclusionsp. 205
On Proper Preference Functionsp. 213
On Proper Additive Difference Models as Preference Functionsp. 217
Glossaryp. 221
Referencesp. 225
Indexp. 237
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