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The Consensus Building Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to Reaching Agreement [Hardcover]

Lawrence E. Susskind , Sarah McKearnen , Jennifer Thomas-Lamar
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August 9, 1999 0761908447 978-0761908449 1
This handbook on group decision-making for those wanting to operate in a consensus fashion stresses the advantages of informal, common sense approaches to working together. It describes how any group can put these approaches into practice, and relates numerous examples of situations in which such approaches have been applied.

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Sarah McKearnan is a nationally recognized multiparty mediator/facilitator. She served as a Consensus Building Institute Senior Associate for five years, and is now an International Programme on the Management of Sustainability faculty member. She is also a trainer of negotiation simulations, consulting reports, and articles on the history and practice of dispute resolution in academic journals and magazines.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1176 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc; 1 edition (August 9, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761908447
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761908449
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.5 x 2.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Larry Susskind (born in New York City in 1947) has been a member of the MIT faculty for more than four decades. He is currently director of the MIT Science Impact Collaborative ( in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. His work as an environmental planner focuses on the mediation of environmental disputes and strategies for involving large numbers of groups with very different ideas and interests in managing natural resources together. His books entitled Water Diplomacy, Negotiating Environmental Agreements, Environmental Diplomacy, Better Environmental Policy Studies, and Transboundary Environmental Agreements explain how this is possible. Through his writing and practice as a mediator with the Cambridge-based not-for-profit Consensus Building Institute (, he has helped to establish the field of public dispute resolution. Breaking Robert's Rules, Breaking the Impasse, Dealing with An Angry Public, Negotiating on Behalf of Others, Built to Win and the Consensus Building Handbook offer insights into the techniques and strategies that have made Professor Susskind a much sought-after trainer and teacher. He has supervised more than 60 doctoral students at MIT and Harvard, many of whom now teach in universities around the world. In 1983, with Roger Fisher, Howard Raiffa and Frank Sander, he founded the Program on Negotiation (PON) at Harvard Law School ( which continues to play an important part in shaping negotiation and dispute resolution theory. At PON he is co-director of the Negotiation Pedagogy Initiative.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing achievement October 28, 1999
This is a splendid compendium of articles and case studies by some of the leading practitioners in the field of dispute resolution. A true magnum opus which is worth the price. It takes the "fluff" out of negotiation literature and presents a welcome mix of theory and practice.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This is an excellent resource. July 31, 2013
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Chose this book because of the work I do. I love it. I Would recommend it to all Politicians everywhere.
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