In this chapter we argue that an important dimension for understanding how conflict evolves is whether it concerns low- or high-stakes conflicts. As a point of departure, we introduce three recent research projects on high-stakes conflicts, subsequently focusing on (1) conflicts in close relationships following an expatriation assignment for one of the partners, (2) third-party intervention in neighborhood conflicts by community mediators, and (3) crisis negotiations between the police and hostage takers. Our discussion highlights four key areas of attention: the importance of including notions of conflict asymmetry, incorporating a time horizon, alternative conflict management frameworks, and the connection with technological developments.
|Title of host publication||Handbook of conflict management research|
|Editors||O.B. Ayoko, N.M. Ashkanasy, K.A. Jehn|
|Place of Publication||Cheltenham|
|Publisher||Edward Elgar Publishing|
|Number of pages||576|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|
|Name||Elgar Original Reference|