POLITICAL SCIENCE 491F
Spring Quarter 1998
Tuesday, Thursday 7:55-10:10
521 General Classroom Building
Dr. William M. Downs
Department of Political Science
Georgia State University
COURSE OBJECTIVES: Negotiation and conflict resolution are central
elements of the political process, whether in international diplomacy,
collective bargaining in labor disputes, post-election formation of coalition
governments, or administrative budgeting. Conflict is indeed an inevitable
part of political life. The task on both theoretical and practical levels,
however, is to understand how conflict can best be managed. In terms of
practical politics the consequences of negotiations can be of supreme importance
and are readily apparent; for example, we need only cite nuclear nonproliferation
agreements, government intercession in wage talks, legislative coalition
building, NATO expansion, the Dayton peace accords, or Kofi Annan's mediation
in Iraq to recognize such salience. The theoretical issues behind real
world negotiations are equally weighty: How important is process? How do
one-shot negotiations differ from iterative bargaining sequences? Are positive-sum
solutions possible in supposedly zero-sum political settings? How do different
relative power (im)balances alter the stakes and strategies of negotiations?
In comparing the most popular and powerful models of negotiation effectiveness,
the course will encompass the changes and rich methodological variety of
research in the negotiation field. Among the topics to be addressed will
be the following: power in negotiations, strategies and tactics of both
distributive and integrative bargaining, coalition building, interdependence,
international bargaining, third-party interventions, bargaining failure,
and negotiation ethics. By the end of the course, you should be much better
able to analyze negotiations as they occur in a variety of political settings;
moreover, by extension you should actually find yourself a more reflective,
analytically savvy, and thus more effective negotiator.
TEXTS AND READINGS:
Roy J. Lewicki et al. Negotiation (2nd edition). Burr Ridge,
Illinois: Irwin, 1994.
Roger Fisher et al. Coping with International Conflict: A Systematic Approach to Influence in International Negotiation. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1997.
Guy Oliver Faure and Jeffrey Z. Rubin, eds. Culture and Negotiation: The Resolution of Water Disputes. London: Sage, 1993.
Conor O'Cleary. Daring Diplomacy: Clinton's Secret Search for Peace in Ireland. Roberts Rinehart: 1997.
Notes on Articles and Chapters: Additional readings will come
from select journal articles and book chapters, which will be made available
to you. Unless otherwise indicated, all required journal articles and book
chapters are on reserve at Library South and available for purchase as
a course packet at the university bookstore. Please note that I reserve
the right to add or delete reading assignments as the course develops.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND GRADING SYSTEM
Students will be evaluated along four dimensions. The bulk (60%) of
your grade will be determined by a final exam and a research paper. The
remaining 40% will be determined by regular and active class participation
and scores on two written assignments. [Because this is a mixed class (undergraduate
students and graduate students, it is important to note that undergraduates
are not being evaluated in comparison to the performance of graduate students--there
is no competition, and therefore there should be no inhibitions
about being an undergraduate in class alongside graduate students!]
Attendance. This is a lecture-discussion course. Students are
thus expected to attend all class sessions. Students who miss more than
two classes will lose 2% of the final course grade for each additional
class missed, up to a total of 10%. Absences for medical reasons or for
attending an official university sponsored inter-collegiate event (but
not a practice) will be excused only when accompanied by a written note
from the attending physician (one week following absence) or team coach
(one week prior to event).
Class Participation. Students must complete the assigned readings
on time and actively participate in class discussions. Because the study
of negotiation is most exciting when actual cases from the real political
world are used illustrate key analytical points, students should follow
current events through the reading of a major national newspaper, such
as the New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, or
the Wall Street Journal. Regular reading of news magazines such
as The Economist, Time, Newsweek, or US News and
World Report is also recommended. All these papers are available for
free on the World Wide Web.
Group Assignments. Students will periodically be paired and assigned
the responsibility of preparing a set of discussion questions to guide
the group's review and debate of the literature being read for that session.
Written Assignments. There will be two short essay assignments.
(a) Case analysis of environmental disputes--the Faure and Rubin book on Culture and Negotiation includes 6 chapters detailing conflict resolution. Students will select one of the cases and then will write an essay (approximately 1250 words in length) analyzing the link between culture and negotiation in the context of the particular conflict.
(b) Review Essay: Students will write a second papers (again approximately
1250 words in length) during the course of the quarter. This essay will
address a question or set of questions posed by the professor in association
with the reading being discussed for that particular week. Assignments
will be staggered so that several essays will be prepared each week.
Research Paper. An original research paper addressing one of the areas emphasized in this seminar is required and due at the end of the quarter (Friday, June 5 at 5:00). We will discuss the specifics of this project early in the Quarter. You should use the paper as an opportunity to explore an aspect of negotiations of interest to you. I am flexible about paper topics. You might examine an important historical negotiation, review the literature regarding a particular aspect of negotiation behavior, do your own experiment regarding negotiation behavior, analyze data with some particular hypothesis in mind, compare formal analyses of the negotiation process and real-world behavior, etc. It is more important that you are genuinely curious about the topic of your paper than whether it fits nicely into any particular category.
Examination. A comprehensive final exam will constitute 30% of
each student's grade. The exam will consist of a mix of multiple choice,
short answer, and essay questions. Material discussed in class as well
as material covered in required readings will appear on the exam.
The final seminar grade will be determined on the basis of the following weights:
Paper Assignment 1 10%
Paper Assignment 2 10%
Group Presentation 10%
Research Paper 30%
FUNDAMENTAL DYNAMICS OF CONFLICT AND NEGOTIATION
March 31 INTRODUCTION TO STUDY AND ANALYSIS OF NEGOTIATION
April 2 Framing Issues and Actors in Negotiations
Lewicki et al., Negotiation, Chapter 1
Dean G. Pruitt, "Trends in the Scientific Study of Negotiation and Mediation," Negotiation Journal (July 1986): 237-244.
John S. Murray, "Understanding Competing Theories of Negotiation,"
Negotiation Journal (April 1986): 179-186.
April 7 Interdependence, Mixed Motives, and Strategic Choice
Lewicki et al., Negotiation, Chapter 2
Fisher et al., Coping with International Conflict, Chapters 1-4
April 9 Distributive or "Win-Lose" Bargaining
Lewicki et al., Negotiation, Chapter 3
David Jacobs, "Polish Solidarity and Transformational Bargaining,"
Negotiation Journal (April 1992): 165-171.
April 14 Integrative or "Win-Win" Bargaining
Lewicki et al., Negotiation, Chapters 4-5
Fisher et al., Coping with International Conflict, Chapters 5-7
April 16 Negotiation Breakdown: When Bargaining Fails
Lewicki et al., Negotiation, Chapter 6
Ivo H. Daalder, "Fear and Loathing in the Former Yugoslavia,"
in Michael E. Brown, ed., The International Dimensions of Internal Conflict
(Cambridge: MIT Press, 1996).
EVALUATING ELEMENTS OF SITUATION, PROCESS, AND ENVIRONMENT
April 21 Power in Negotiation
Lewicki et al., Negotiation, Chapter 10
Fisher et al., Coping with International Conflict, Chapters 11-12
I. William Zartman, "Negotiating from Asymmetry: The North-South
Stalemate," Negotiation Journal (1985):
April 23 Ethics in Negotiation
Lewicki et al., Negotiation, Chapter 13
Fisher et al., Coping with International Conflict, Chapter 15
April 28 Culture, Social Structure of Negotiation and Multilateral Bargaining
Lewicki et al., Negotiation, Chapter 9
Faure and Rubin, Culture and Negotiation, Chapters 1-5
April 30 Culture & Negotiation (II)
Faure and Rubin, Culture and Negotiation, Chapters 13-14
Student papers on select cases in Faure and Rubin, Culture and Negotiation (Chapters 6-12)
May 5: Communication and Persuasion Processes
Lewicki et al., Negotiation, Chapters 7-8
Fisher et al., Coping with International Conflict, Chapters 8-9
May 7: Behavioral Approaches to Studying Individual Differences in Negotiations
Lewicki et al., Negotiation, Chapters 11
Richard Christie, "The Machiavellis among Us," in Lewicki
et al., eds., Negotiation: Readings, Exercises and Cases, 2nd
edition (Burr Ridge: Irwin, 1993).
COMPLEX MULTILATERAL BARGAINING SITUATIONS
& INTERNATIONAL NEGOTIATIONS
May 12 Analytical Issues in Multilateral and International Negotiations
Lewicki et al., Negotiation, Chapters 9 (pp. 237-291) and 14 (pp. 407-434)
Fen Osler Hampson, "Barriers to Negotiation and Requisites for
Success," in Multilateral Negotiations (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins
May 14 Alliances, Coalition Theory and Negotiation
Fen Osler Hampson, "The GATT Uruguay Round, 1986-1993: The Setting and the Players," in Multilateral Negotiations (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 1995).
Fen Osler Hampson, "The GATT Uruguay Round, 1986-1993: The Negotiations,"
in Multilateral Negotiations (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 1995).
May 19 Third-Party Intervention in Negotiations: Mediation
Lewicki et al., Negotiation, Chapter 12 (pp. 349-370)
Cameron R. Hume, "Perez de Cuellar and the Iran-Iraq War," Negotiation Journal (April 1992): 173-184.
Fen Osler Hampson, "The Stockholm Conference on Confidence- and
Security-Building Measures and Disarmament in Europe," in Multilateral
Negotiations (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 1995).
May 21 Third-Party Intervention in Negotiations: Arbitration
Steven J. Brams et al., "Arbitration Procedures," in Young,
ed., Negotiation Analysis (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press,
May 26 Case: Northern Ireland (I)
O'Cleary. Daring Diplomacy: Clinton's Secret Search for Peace in
May 28 Case: Northern Ireland (II)
O'Cleary. Daring Diplomacy: Clinton's Secret Search for Peace in
June 2 Case: European Community Enlargement and the United States
Case materials to be distributed
June 5: Research paper due
June 9: Exam