Prof. Baruch Bush Co-Writes Solicited Article for ‘Virtual Symposium’ on ‘Dispute Resolution and Political Polarization’

Robert A. Baruch Bush, Harry H. Rains Distinguished Professor of Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Settlement Law

The article “Living with No: Political Polarization and Transformative Dialogue,” co-written by Robert A. Baruch Bush, the Harry H. Rains Distinguished Professor of Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Settlement Law, has been published in the Journal of Dispute Resolution (Volume 2018, Issue 1).

The issue features the journal’s inaugural “virtual symposium” on the topic “Dispute Resolution and Political Polarization,” for which the editors solicited contributions from seven well-known conflict resolution scholars on the topic of political polarization and dispute resolution principles.

Professor Bush’s co-authors are colleagues from the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation (ISCT): Erik Cleven, an associate professor in the Department of Politics at Saint Anselm College and a board member for ISCT, and Judith A. Saul, a former director of the Community Dispute Resolution Center in Ithaca, New York, a certified transformative mediator, and a fellow and board member for ISCT.

From the Introduction to Volume 2018, Issue 1
The article by Erik Cleven, Robert Baruch-Bush and Judith Saul explores how the principles of “transformative dialogue” could provide a way forward in dealing with the issue of political polarization. Cleven, et al., note that “transformative dialogue is about helping people gain their voice and choose identities and interactions that otherwise would be closed to them.” The authors identify three key principles.

First, they note that transformative dialogue seeks to help the parties achieve a better balance between the need for self-expression and the need to connect with others. Second, the authors note that individuals have an “inherent capacity” to choose and respond to others. Finally, Cleven and his colleagues note that the parties themselves are “best positioned to decide who needs to be part of a conversation, what the conversation needs to be about and how they can best have that conversation.” The problem, the authors argue, is that conflict diminishes individuals’ ability to make these choices. Transformative dialogue seeks to bridge that gap.

Read the full article on the Journal of Dispute Resolution website.

About the Journal of Dispute Resolution
The Journal of Dispute Resolution is a student-edited academic journal published biannually by the University of Missouri School of Law in conjunction with the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution. The journal contains articles written by nationally prominent authors and students on a wide variety of topics in the rapidly developing field of dispute resolution.

The journal was established in 1984 and is recognized as the leading legal publication in the area of alternative dispute resolution.