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The SAGE Handbook of Conflict Resolution

The SAGE Handbook of Conflict Resolution

Bercovitch J, Kremenyuk V A, Zartman I W (eds) (2008). Sage Publications Ltd, London, UK.


Conflict resolution is one of the fastest-growing academic fields in the world today. Although it is a relatively young discipline, having emerged as a specialized field in the 1950’s, it has rapidly grown into a self-contained, vibrant, interdisciplinary field. The SAGE Handbook of Conflict Resolution brings together all the conceptual, methodological and substantive elements of conflict resolution into one volume of over 35 specially commissioned chapters. The Handbook is designed to reflect where the field is today by drawing on the contributions of experts from different fields presenting, in a systematic way, the most recent research and practice.

About the editors

Jacob Bercovitch is Professor of International Relations, and Fellow of the Royal Society, at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Victor Kremenyuk is deputy director of the Institute for USA and Canada Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow. He is also a research associate at IIASA.

I. William Zartman is Jacob Blaustein Professor of Conflict Resolution and International Organization at the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University.


Introduction: The Nature of Conflict and Conflict Resolution Jacob Bercovitch, Victor Kremenyuk and I William Zartman


PART I: History and Methods of Study

The Evolution of Conflict Resolution Louis Kriesberg
Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution Christer Jönsson and Karin Aggestam
Conflict Resolution in the International System: A quantitative approach J. David Singer and Shahryar Minhas
Case Studies and Conflict Resolution Jack S. Levy
Game Theory as an Approach to Conflict Resolution Rudolf Avenhaus
Experimental Research on Social Conflict Dean G. Pruitt
Doing Conflict Research Through a Multi-Method Lens Daniel Druckman
Problem Solving Approaches Tamra Pearson d'Estrée
Constructivism and Conflict Resolution Richard Jackson


PART II: Issues and Sources of Conflict

Territory as a Source of Conflict and a Road to Peace John A. Vasquez and Brandon Valeriano
Economic and Resources Causes of Conflicts Philippe Le Billon
Resolving Ecological Conflicts: Typical and special circumstances Gunnar Sjösted
Ethnicity, Negotiation and Conflict Management Donald Rothchild
Ethno-Religious Conflicts: Exploring the role of religion in conflict resolution S. Ayse Kadayifci-Orellana


PART III: Methods of Managing Conflict

Conflict Prevention: Theory in pursuit of policy and practice Michael Lund
Conflict Resolution and Negotiation I. William Zartman
Mediation and Conflict Resolution Jacob Bercovitch
The Settlement of International Disputes by Legal Means - Arbitration and Judicial Settlement Franz Cede
Dialogue as a Process for Transforming Relationships Harold H. Saunders
NGOs and Conflict Resolution Andrea Bartoli
United Nations Mediation Experience: Practical lessons for conflict resolution Connie Peck


PART IV: Current Features and Dilemmas in the Study of Conflict Resolution

Terrorism and Conflict Resolution William A. Donohue
Media and Conflict Resolution Eytan Gilboa
Democracy and Conflict Resolution David Kinsella and David L Rousseau
Why Mediation Matters: Ending intractable conflicts Chester A. Crocker, Fen Osler Hampson and Pamela Aall
Culture and Conflict Resolution Guy Olivier Faure
Peacekeeping and Beyond Paul F. Diehl
Reconciliation as a Peace-Building Process: Scope and limits Valérie Rosoux
Assessing Outcomes: Conflict management and the durability of peace Scott Sigmund Gartner and Molly M Melin
Peace versus Justice - and Beyond Cecilia Albin
The Spread of Civil War Kristian Skrede Gleditsch
Conflict Resolution and Human Rights: The state of the art Eileen F. Babbitt
Resolution of Military Conflicts and Confrontations (Force and Arms Control) Victor Kremenyuk
Training and Education Paul Meerts


Conclusion: Emerging Problems in Theory and Practice


Jacob Bercovitch, Victor Kremenyuk and I. William Zartman

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The SAGE Handbook of Conflict Resolution is published by Sage Publications.

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