Breaking the Impasse:
Consensual Approaches To Resolving Public
by Lawrence Susskind and Jeffrey Cruikshank
New York, NY: Basic Books, 1987
his experience in the MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program, a leading
mediator, Lawrence Susskind, and his co-author, Jeffrey Cruikshank,
provide the first jargon-free guide to consensual strategies for
resolving public disputes-- indispensable to citizen activists and
to business and government leaders.
Lawrence Susskind, one of the founders and associate director of
the Program on Negotiation at the Harvard Law School, is also professor
of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT. Jeffrey Cruikshank is principal,
Winthrop Group, Inc., and former senior editor at the Harvard School
of Business Administration.
"A complement to Getting to Yes shows how parties involved
in public disputes over housing projects, public facilities, highways,
health, or the environment can use consensus building rather than
the courts to reach agreement."
Sloan Management Review
"It is the
thesis of this book, which I heartily endorse, that these not-in-my-backyard
impasses can often be broken by a process of consensus building
through negotiation, assisted by the likes of Larry Susskind. The
book that he and Jeffrey Cruikshank have written vibrates and communicates,
giving readers a whopping benefit-to-cost ratio."
Howard Raiffa - Harvard Business School
step forward in the exploration of how supplemental approaches can
involve a wider public in the kinds of problem-solving political
processes that will produce change in their communities."
Christine M. Carlson - Negotiation Journal
book to read. It is an encouraging, optimistic, and extremely creative
work that focuses on an issue that permeates the lives of any involved
in government or anyone who has ever dealt with a governmental system."
Jon D. Witten - Journal of the American Planning Association