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The Process of Conflict Resolution in Public Project Disputes: Analysis by Settlement Methods

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Authors
Kim, Hunmin
Issue Date
2009
Publisher
Graduate School of Public Administration, Seoul National University
Citation
Korean Journal of Policy Studies, Vol.23 No.2, pp. 147-170
Keywords
Conflict ResolutionPublic DisputesPublic Project SitingAlternative Dispute ResolutionConsensus Building
Abstract
This study examines thirteen recent public dispute cases in Korea
with the objective of analyzing the process of conflict resolution and thereby
assessing the role of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in public disputes. The
focus is on dispute cases related to development of, or site selection for, public
projects. Based on detailed accounts of events, the nature of the conflict, parties
involved, pattern of actions taken, and final outcomes are analyzed. Only five
cases were settled by ADR methods, indicating that ADR is rather ineffective in
public conflicts. ADR seems to work better in locally confined, structured conflicts
where participatory processes are used. An identifiable pattern in attempts
at ADR is that ad-hoc committees are formed but often fail to reach agreement
or are seen as lacking legitimacy, authority, and impartiality. Policy implications
drawn from this study are that a higher priority should be given to developing
community-based conflict resolution programs, that ADR should be incorporated
into local government regulations to acquire greater legitimacy, and that conflict
prevention procedures are a prerequisite for the success of conflict resolution
programs.
ISSN
1225-5017
Language
English
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10371/69832
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