Group Decision and Negotiation

, Volume 22, Issue 1, pp 71–84 | Cite as

Experimental Study on Negotiation Process in Participatory Decision Making Process in a Community



In participatory decision making process in a community, plural participants, such as governmental agencies, local municipalities, citizen groups and private companies are involved in the process. For achieving resolution, the methodologies for sharing understanding on a problem and formation of cooperative relationship are important. In this paper, the game experiment for observing people’s behaviors in conflicts is designed. In the game experiment, subjects are asked to negotiate with their counterparts. The games have similarities with typical conflicts which can arise frequently in participatory decision making process. The role of communication in participatory decision making process is also discussed.


Participatory decision making process Sharing understanding Consensus Conflict Game experiment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate School of Science and EngineeringYamaguchi UniversityUbeJapan
  2. 2.Sanken Setsubi KogyoIbarakiJapan

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