Part III dealt with the process of bringing a conflict to an end through bilateral bargaining, tacit or face-to-face. Parties attempt to develop a solution to their conflict by trading threats, promises or concessions, and using conflict behaviour to manoeuvre the conflict into a state where a best solution, from their viewpoint, can be obtained. ‘Solutions’ can thus cover a wide range of end states for a conflict. Five basic ones may be distinguished:
  1. (a)

    Victory for one party with all goals achieved, and defeat for the other.

  2. (b)

    Destruction of one party, or the incorporation of its remnants in another entity, probably the victor.

  3. (c)

    Isolation, withdrawal or disengagement, whereby conflict behaviour is suspended and inter-action between the parties ceases, although the situation of goal-incompatibility remains.1

  4. (d)

    Settlement, or accommodation, whereby some compromise solution is achieved ‘splitting the differences’, and allowing both parties to achieve some of their objectives, even if on an unequal basis.

  5. (e)

    Resolution, whereby the sources of the conflict situation itself are removed, rather than the behavioural or attitudinal components being altered. Both parties achieve mutual gains, or a new range of benefits.



Disruptive Behaviour Conflict Management Conflict Situation Conflict Behaviour Social Reward 
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© C. R. Mitchell 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • C. R. Mitchell
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Conflict Analysis and ResolutionGeorge Mason UniversityVirginiaUSA

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