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The Mediation Of Variance Conflicts: An Empirical Evaluation


  • Duke, Joshua M.
  • Jost, Ryan P.


Since 1982, the New Castle County Superior Court in Delaware has promoted mediation, which attempts to resolve filed conflicts prior to trial. This paper evaluates how spatial land-use conflicts channel through mediation and litigation. Data suggest that mediations fail because one of the key disputing parties does not play a direct role in mediation and litigation. The data then inform a predictive model of litigated outcomes in which disputants share in the responsibility for conflict. By alleviating some of the uncertainty of litigation and proposing win-win, mediated outcomes, the model may be used facilitate future mediations.

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  • Duke, Joshua M. & Jost, Ryan P., 2000. "The Mediation Of Variance Conflicts: An Empirical Evaluation," Staff Papers 15833, University of Delaware, Department of Food and Resource Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:udelsp:15833
    DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.15833

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    1. Shavell, Steven, 1997. "The Fundamental Divergence between the Private and the Social Motive to Use the Legal System," The Journal of Legal Studies, University of Chicago Press, vol. 26(2), pages 575-612, June.
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