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Structure and Power in Multilateral Negotiations: An Application to French Water Policy

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  • Simon, Leo K.
  • Goodhue, Rachael E.
  • Rausser, Gordon C.
  • Thoyer, Sophie
  • Morardet, Sylvie
  • Rio, Patrick

Abstract

Stakeholder negotiation is an increasingly important policymaking tool. However, relatively little is understood about the relationship between the structure of the negotiating process and the effectiveness with which stakeholders can pursue their individual interests. We apply the Rausser- Simon multilateral bargaining model to a specific negotiation process involving water storage capacity and use in the upper Adour Basin in southwestern France. We focus on a coalition of three stakeholder groups with aligned but distinct interests. In addition to the standard indices of bargaining powerԴhe distribution of political weights (ܡccessݩ and players٠utilities if an agreement is not reached, our analysis identifies other less obvious sources of power. First, a coalition member may benefit when his access is reduced if the redistribution increases the access of another coalition member who has a more favorable ܳtrategic location.ݠSecond, the interests of the coalition as a whole will usually, but not always, be advanced if its members cede access to a pokesmanݠrepresenting their common interests. However, some members may be adversely affected. Third, restricting the extent to which coalition members can make proposals that further their own individual interests at the expense of other coalition members will usually, but not always, harm the coalition as a whole.

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This book is provided by University of California, Davis, Giannini Foundation in its series Monographs with number 37630 and published in 2007.

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Keywords: water; bargaining; negotiations; Environmental Economics and Policy; Institutional and Behavioral Economics;

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Cited by:
  1. Harold Houba, 2008. "Computing Alternating Offers And Water Prices In Bilateral River Basin Management," International Game Theory Review (IGTR), World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., vol. 10(03), pages 257-278.
  2. Alessandra Sgobbi & Carlo Carraro, 2007. "A Stochastic Multiple Players Multi-Issues Bargaining Model for the Piave River Basin," CESifo Working Paper Series 2178, CESifo Group Munich.
  3. Carlo Carraro & Alessandra Sgobbi, 2007. "Modelling Negotiated Decision Making: a Multilateral, Multiple Issues, Non-Cooperative Bargaining Model with Uncertainty," Working Papers 2007_12, Department of Economics, University of Venice "Ca' Foscari".
  4. Carlo Carraro & Carmen Marchiori & Alessandra Sgobbi, 2006. "Applications of negotiation theory to water issues," Working Papers 2006_09Classification-JEL, Department of Economics, University of Venice "Ca' Foscari".
  5. Rupayan Gupta, 2010. "Structuring international institutions for the efficient provisioning of global security," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 144(1), pages 169-197, July.

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