The Emergence and Institutionalization of Third-party Roles in Conflict

  • James H. Laue
Part of the The Conflict Series book series (CONFLICT)


After a gestation period of several decades, the role of the third party emerged in the 1980s as a central concept in the study of conflicts and conflict resolution. Experiences in labor-management relations, international and intercultural conflict, racial and community disputes, court diversion and other arenas have convinced practitioners and scholars that the third-party role is useful and deserving of some degree of institutionalization.


Conflict Resolution Collective Bargaining Dispute Resolution Conflict Management Conflict Situation 
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