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

Vested Interests

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Although democratic decision making processes are better than autocratic or dictatorial processes, they still tend to favor vested interests in many cases. This occurs because people who are most concerned about a decision tend to be those who are most involved, and who are willing to spend the time and money necessary to influence the decision making procedure. For example, industries which are affected by government regulations spend a great deal of time and money trying to influence Congressional decision makers, hoping that those congressmen will enact a bill which is consistent with industry interests. Often this will involve reductions of regulations on the industry-reductions of pollution regulations, employment regulations, or export regulations. Individual citizens may be opposed to such changes--especially to the changes regarding pollution or employment matters--but the issue is not nearly as important to them as it is to the industry, nor do they have the time or the money to become involved in every decision which affects them. So they do not speak out, and the vested interests prevails in the decision making process.

Links to Possible Treatments of This Problem

Public Participation Mechanisms

Voting/Elections

Links to Related Problems:

Dictatorial Processes

Excluded Parties


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