To Tell the Truth: When Do Negotiated Rulemaking and Other Collaborative Policy Processes Make Sense and When They Don’t
Thursday, May 22, 2008, 1:30pm – 3:00pm

Greg Bourne (Moderator), Center for Collaborative Policy, California State University, Sacramento
Michael Eng, MMA, U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution
Robert Fisher, Fisher Collaborative Services
J. Michael Harty, Harty Conflict Consulting & Mediation
Lucy Moore, Lucy Moore Associates, Inc.

Track: Matching the Process to the Problem: Navigating Process Choices

As more federal and state agencies look to collaborative policy-making and agreement-seeking approaches to address complex issues, can we have too much of a good thing? Are there times when a collaborative approach isn't the correct tool? Will greater benefits accrue from a collaborative process regardless of the likelihood of substantive success? What is the role of mediators and how far should mediators go to affect an agency's decision? This roundtable will explore these and related questions about when and under what conditions various collaborative and agreement-seeking processes might be employed and perhaps when they shouldn't. The use of collaborative processes on three different projects for the National Park Service will be used to identify critical choice points in deciding whether, when and what collaborative processes are appropriate.

Primary Target Audience(s): ECR Practitioners/Attorney Mediators • Government Staff (Federal, State, Local and Tribal)

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