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

Administrative Decision-Making Processes

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Organizations are often structured in ways which empower a single individual or small group to make key decisions. In democratic systems, these decision makers are usually expected to obtain advice from affected parties and then make a decision which advances the interests of the whole organization while fairly resolving competing interests. Such administrative decision makers may be business owners, department heads, government officials, judges, mayors, governors, and so forth. In some cases these people derive their power from legal, political, or economic processes which are widely regarded as legitimate. In other cases the decision makers may derive their power from illegitimate processes which depend upon physical force, violence, and intimidation to maintain control. While administrative decision making processes are widely used and and can be highly efficient, they depend upon the wisdom and altruism of the decision maker. This in turn requires some effective mechanism for replacing decision makers who act in ways which violate accepted standards of fairness. In cases where these mechanisms do not exist, administrative decision makers can become tyrants.

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Majority Rule Processes

Consensus Rule Processes

Clearly Articulated Fairness Rules

Protection of Minority Rights

Deliberation Requirements

Clear Expectations

Public Participation Mechanisms

Links to Related Problems

Unfulfilled Expectations

Vested Interests

Dictatorial Process

Excluded Parties

Excluded Parties

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