OTPIC Officially Retired

As of December 2, 2005, the Online Training Program on Intractable Conflict (OTPIC) has been officially retired, and is no longer open to new registrations.

The successor to OTPIC is a course called Dealing Constructively with Intractable Conflicts (DCIC). The new curriculum is built around one of our major projects, Beyond Intractability, and offers a much more extensive and informative set of learning materials than that available through OTPIC.

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International Online Training Program On Intractable Conflict

Conflict Research Consortium, University of Colorado, USA

Attempts to Unfairly Distribute the Benefits of Agreement

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At the most basic level, all that it takes to reach an agreement is to find some formula which leaves all parties better off than they would otherwise expect to be. While this criteria produces a so called "win-win" solution, it does not necessarily produce a fair solution. For example, consider a hypothetical situation in which two parties agree to contribute equally to an activity that generates $100,000 in income per year. In this case a fair agreement would divide the profits equally with each party making about $50,000. By contrast an unfair, but still win-win agreement would distribute the benefits unequally with, perhaps, with one party receiving $90,000 and the other $10,000. Such unfair treatment is likely to foster resentment between the parties and could easily lead the unfairly treated party to withdraw, eliminating a mutually beneficial arrangement. Such unfair treatment could even establish a hostile relationship among parties who would otherwise have been partners.


Links to Examples:
 
Louis Kriesberg -- The Consequences of Agreement
Kriesberg's research suggests that unequal distribution of benefits (he calls them "asymmetrical payoff schedules") can undermine agreements.
 
Links to Related Treatments:

Principled Negotiation

"Yesable" Propositions

Links to Related Problems

Attempts to Unfairly Distribute the Benefits of Agreement

Limits to Agreement: Better Alternatives


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