The sort of cachet a Hollywood screenplay once ascribed to "plastics" seems today to have adhered to "ADR." ADR stands, of course, for alternative dispute resolution. It refers to various methods by which neutral third parties assist persons engaged in a conflict to settle their differences without invoking the decision-making power of the state. And for many people, ADR has become the byword for a much-needed panacea for an overly litigious society. This book is designed to get behind the mystique of ADR, to show how it really works, and to enhance the skills of anyone interested in exploiting its genuine potential for reducing human discord.
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