Bias and the Effectiveness of Third-Party Conflict Management Mechanisms Journal Article uri icon



  • To uncover the relationship between bias and effective conflict resolution, we explore the bias of third parties and the techniques they employ in the diplomatic management of river, maritime, and territorial claims. We find that bias increases the likelihood that a third party will engage in unobtrusive techniques like good offices and decreases its propensity to pursue involved mechanisms like arbitration. Additionally, bias is inversely related to the range of issues addressed at a settlement attempt. As such, unbiased third parties are more effective because they are used for the management techniques that have the most potential to resolve conflicts.

publication date

  • April 1, 2011

has restriction

  • closed

Date in CU Experts

  • December 30, 2014 9:17 AM

Full Author List

  • Gent SE; Shannon M

author count

  • 2

Other Profiles

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0738-8942

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1549-9219

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 124

end page

  • 144


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