Edited by Jonathan Wilkenfeld, Kyle Beardsley and David Quinn
Chapter 23: Biased mediation
Whether unbiased or biased mediators are the most effective peacemakers in armed conflicts represents a long-running and central debate in mediation research. This chapter explores the role of bias in international mediation occurring in internal armed conflicts, that is, on the violent side of the conflict-to-crisesspectrum. The chapter takes stock of the debate around biased mediation and discusses the current controversies within it. It shows that there are four different theoretical approaches – idealist, realist, bargaining, and emancipatory – that have led to different expectations regarding the role of biased mediation. Focusing primarily on the quantitatively based research on international mediation, the chapter also discusses the research strategies and indicators that have been utilized in previous research for examining biased mediation. Moreover, it presents the current stage of the empirical evidence on biased mediation. Lastly, the chapter identifies some of the main policy implications that emerge from this field of research.
You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.
Elgaronline requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals. Please login through your library system or with your personal username and password on the homepage.
Non-subscribers can freely search the site, view abstracts/ extracts and download selected front matter and introductory chapters for personal use.
Your library may not have purchased all subject areas. If you are authenticated and think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.