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Barriers to Dispute Resolution

Byron Bland, Brenna Powell and Lee Ross

in Understanding Social Action, Promoting Human Rights

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780195371895
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979127 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195371895.003.0010
Barriers to Dispute Resolution

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In Chapter 10, social psychologist Lee Ross, ethicist Byron Bland, and political scientist Brenna Powell offer an interdisciplinary analysis of persistent psychological barriers to conflict resolution. Effective resolution of deep political disputes, they maintain, requires awareness of the psychological processes and biases—including “naïve realism,” judgmental overconfidence, loss aversion, and reactive devaluation—that shape the ways in which relevant actors interpret and understand disputes and disputants.

Keywords: dispute resolution; negotiation; naïve realism; loss aversion; overconfidence; reactive devaluation

Chapter.  12449 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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