The Concept of Relationship

  • Harold H. Saunders


The concept of relationship provides the analytical and operational framework through which the relational paradigm reveals itself, may be studied, and is put into practice. This concept gives hands and voice to the process of continuous interaction in political, social, and economic life. It is both a framework for analysis and an instrument of change. Like the relational paradigm, it is conceptualized from 40 years of experience with peoples in conflict, citizens building democratic societies, communities engaged in economic development, policymakers and negotiators at the highest levels of government.


Conflictual Relationship Continuous Interaction Military Power Peace Process Science Research Design 
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Chapter Four The Concept of Relationship

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    Albert Einstein and Leopold Infeld, The Evolution of Physics: From Early Concepts to Relativity and Quanta (New York: Simon and Schuster, Inc., republished in 1966), p. 31.Google Scholar

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