|Title||Techniques for Resolving Coastal Resource Management Disputes Through Negotiation|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2007|
|Authors||Susskind, L, McCreary, S|
|Journal||Journal of the American Planning Association|
Traditional approaches to resolving coastal resource management disputes in the United States often produce less-than-optimal outcomes. Nonadjudicatory approaches such as policy dialogues and mediation can be more effective. This article presents four case studies of such approaches that have proven successful in resolving coastal resource management disputes in Massachusetts, California, and Oregon. These approaches emphasize consensus-building, are based on face-to- face discussions between contending stakeholders, and include important roles for planners as negotiators and mediators. The article describes four barriers to more widespread use of less adversarial forms of dispute resolution and suggests ways of overcoming those barriers.