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Title: Mediating commitments
Author: Macduff, Ian
Keywords: negotiation;mediation;intercultural theory;power distance;commitment;peace studies;negociació;negociación;mediació;mediación;teoria intercultural;teoría intercultural;distància de poder;distancia de poder;compromís;compromiso;estudis de pau;estudios de paz
Issue Date: 7-Jun-2010
Publisher: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
Citation: Macduff, Ian (2009). "Mediating commitments". Journal of conflictology, 2009, Vol. 0, num 1
Abstract: This paper explores the implications of one aspect of intercultural theory -the dimension of power distance- in order to comment on the nature of commitments in the mediation process. The familiar model of Western mediation assumes that parties can identify core interests and negotiate around those, through prioritising, trading and balancing. At the heart of our thinking about commitments are our ideas about agency, autonomy, and accountability. However, a core implication of empirical work on power distance suggests that expectations of deference may lead some participants to avoid direct decision-making responsibility and, rather than work towards commitments, to act on the commitments or obligations they already have. Thus, low-power distance culture members are more able and willing to make commitments; high-power distance culture members are more constrained by having commitments. Whereas the Western model of negotiation and mediation addresses the means to reach commitments (the legitimacy of which stems from the choices the autonomous agents make), the norms that shape conduct in high-PD cultures are those the reflect having commitments and obligations (the legitimacy of which derives from antecedent relationships).
Description: Peer reviewed
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10609/3033
ISSN: 2013-8857
Appears in Collections:2009, vol. 0, n. 1

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