The Role of justice in negotiation

Cecilia Albin, Daniel Druckman

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This chapter discusses the role of justice in negotiation between rival groups and the durability of peace agreements. It draws on information about group negotiation processes and agreements concluded to end civil war in different countries, mostly during the early 1990s. Possible relationships between the presence and importance of distributive justice (DJ) in the agreements, and their durability, were first explored. The difficulty of the conflict environment was shown to have the strongest impact upon durability. However, the DJ principle of equality was found to reduce the negative impact of difficult conflict environments on their durability. An emphasis on equality was also associated with more forward-looking agreements, which were found to be more durable than backward-looking ones. Next, the presence and importance of procedural justice (PJ) were examined in the negotiation processes that led to the signing of the peace agreements. Significantly more durable agreements occurred when a process based on PJ led to agreements emphasizing equality.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of group decision and negotiation
EditorsD. Marc Kilgour, Colin Eden
Place of PublicationDordrecht ; New York
PublisherSpringer, Springer Nature
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9789048190973
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameAdvances in Group Decision and Negotiation


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