Braving the Currents

Evaluating Environmental Conflict Resolution in the River Basins of the American West

  • Tamra Pearson d’Estrée
  • Bonnie G. Colby

Part of the Natural Resource Management and Policy book series (NRMP, volume 26)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Developing the Framework

  3. Sample Cases

    1. Kathryn Mazaika
      Pages 71-105
    2. Erin McCandless
      Pages 107-156
    3. Annette Pfeifer Hanada, Landon Hancock
      Pages 157-175
    4. Kristine Crandall
      Pages 177-203
  4. Comparing the Cases; Testing the Framework

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 300-404

About this book


Braving the Currents systematically identifies, applies, and evaluates criteria to define success in complex multi-party natural resource disputes. The authors elucidate the full range of criteria for defining success that researchers, stakeholders, and practitioners have relied on as they have participated in, and reflected upon, environmental conflict resolution (CR) efforts. They examine 28 "success" criteria from many angles, present a method for systematically considering all the elements necessary for successful environmental CR, and then apply this analytic framework to eight specific western U.S. water conflicts. The criteria are assessed in terms of their accessibility, reliability, validity, and overall usefulness in evaluating specific conflict cases and different resolution methods.

The book concludes with observations about successfully resolved disputes, a summary of what the authors have learned through their extensive evaluations, and a discussion of how public policies can contribute to dispute prevention and management. While the cases focus on water conflicts, their processes and assessments are applicable to a wide body of cases.

At the suggestion of academic reviewers, the authors have included "Appendix A: A Guidebook", which enhances the book's text applicability by providing detailed instructions for case documentation and analysis.

This book will be of particular interest to students and instructors of conflict resolution, environmental studies, public policy, negotiation, and resource management; public and private sector managers, researchers, practitioners, and attorneys; and conflict resolution professionals.


Policy conflict environment prevention water

Authors and affiliations

  • Tamra Pearson d’Estrée
    • 1
  • Bonnie G. Colby
    • 2
  1. 1.University of DenverUSA
  2. 2.University of ArizonaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-7503-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-8129-3
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