Conflict and Collaboration: Better or Worse Relations (book project)

PARCC has an international reputation as a theory building center in social conflicts and an emerging reputation in collaborative governance. Recognizing that we bring conflict and collaboration under one roof, a group of PARCC associates from seven disciplines are actively engaged in writing a book that develops an interdisciplinary approach to conflict analysis within the fields of conflict resolution and collaboration. This book examines conflict and collaboration from multiple disciplines, levels, and contexts. However, they come together in recognizing that social relations are dynamic, that conflict is not necessarily bad and collaboration is not necessarily good. In fact, effective collaboration depends on constructive conflict. It emphasizes the role of power as a coercive force, which may thwart collaboration and damage relations, but can also ignite energy, agency, and cooperation. The chapters point to mindset as central to seeing collaboration as useful or not and that engaging in conflict and collaboration takes work, requiring carefully designed processes, skilled participants, information, and safe spaces.


Improving Social Relations
Louis Kriesberg, Maxwell Professor Emeritus of Social Conflict Studies; Founding Director of PARC (Program for the Analysis and Resolution of Conflict)

The Long Island, New York Pine Barrens Experience: From Confrontation to Consensus
Susan L. Senecah, Visiting Professor, Environmental Studies, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Understanding the Link Between Collaboration and Better or Worse Relations: The View from Public Administration
Catherine Gerard, Director, Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC), Maxwell School, Syracuse University
Rosemary O’Leary, Professor, Public Administration, University of Kansas

Building the International Space Station: Leadership, Conflict, and Collaboration
W. Henry Lambright, Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs and Political Science
The Future of Public Participation: Better Design, Better Relations
Tina Nabatchi, Associate Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs, Maxwell School, Syracuse University
Suyeon Jo, Ph.D. Candidate in Public Administration, Maxwell School, Syracuse University
Conflict as Troubling Waters? How Steering for Results Can Impede the Public Administrator as Conflict Arbiter
Eva Wolf, Ph.D Candidate in Public Administration, Utrecht University School of Governance

Coercing Consensus? Notes on Power and the Hegemony of Collaboration
Robert A. Rubinstein, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Professor of International Relations, Maxwell School, Syracuse University
Shaundel N. Sanchez, Ph.D. Candidate in Anthropology, Maxwell School, Syracuse University
Sandra D. Lane, Meredith Professor of Public Health and Anthropology at Syracuse University, and Research Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Upstate Medical University

Government Collaborations in Belize Central America: From Better to Worse in Shared Ecological Conservation Governance?
Steven R. Brechin, Professor and Graduate Program Director, Department of Sociology, Rutgers University
Osmany Salas, Consultant, Praxi5 Advisory Group Ltd.

The Role of Coercion in Collaboration
John S. Burdick, Professor, Anthropology, Maxwell School, Syracuse University

Concentric Circles of Sisterhood: American Nuns Respond to Vatican Kyriarchy
Margaret Susan Thompson, Associate Professor, History and Political Science, Maxwell School, Syracuse University

Conflict and Collaboration in International Relations Theory
Robert M. Demgenski, Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science, Maxwell School, Syracuse University
Miriam Fendius Elman, Associate Professor, Political Science, Maxwell School, Syracuse University
Collaboration, Conflict, and the Search for Sustainable Peacebuilding
Bruce W. Dayton, Director, CONTACT-  Conflict Transformation Across Cultures- School for International Training (SIT)