Deadlocks in multilateral negotiations : causes and by Amrita Narlikar

By Amrita Narlikar

''Deadlocks are a characteristic of lifestyle, in addition to excessive politics. This quantity makes a speciality of the concept that, reasons, and outcomes of deadlocks in multilateral settings, and analyses the kinds of innovations which may be used to wreck them. It commences with a definition of impasse, hypothesizes approximately its prevalence, and proposes ideas. every one bankruptcy then makes an unique contribution to the problem of impasse - Read more...

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The formation of trade unions or business cartels are seen in these theories as attempts to impose patterns on social outcomes which would not exist if it was left to bargaining between individuals. The tendency of individuals to form groups and associations and then use their collective strength to defend their interests and negotiate with other groups, and in particular with governments, is regarded as the ultimate source of the many deadlocks that are found in society, from international relations to industrial relations.

These changes followed the strategic reassessment that Britain could not fight a war simultaneously against the United States in the Western hemisphere and against Germany in Europe. Accordingly, a decision was made to conciliate the United States, and accept a fundamental change in the international state system, with the aim of making the United States an ally of Great Britain rather than a potential enemy. This policy subsequently informed later negotiations between the two countries, particularly after both world wars.

7 Gamble 2000. 8 Hirschman 1970. The politics of deadlocks 31 Much depends on whether multilateral negotiations are viewed as primarily zero sum or positive sum games. If they are zero sum then one party can only gain at the expense of others. Deadlocks would be very likely if some or all of the participants were to approach negotiations in that way. But it would be surprising if the participants then kept coming back for more. Exit might seem a much more attractive option. It is the possibility that multilateral negotiations might be positive sum, which keeps negotiations alive and persuades many participants to keep trying.

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