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Ole Elgström

Ole Elgström

Professor emeritus

Ole Elgström

Culture and International Mediation: Exploring theoretical and empirical linkages

Author

  • Ole Elgström
  • Jacob Bercovitch

Summary, in English

Culture is undoubtedly one of the most significant aspects of identity, yet our understanding of the concept and particularly of its consequences for international conflict management is underdeveloped. In this article, we test the hypothesis that cultural differences between parties reflect diversity and contradictions, and that these differences compound the difficulties faced by conflicting parties in finding effective mediated outcomes. Several theories that deal with culture's impact on conflict management are presented and a model is introduced that permits us to test the hypothesis empirically. Five variables that measure culture are examined; these include geographical proximity, nature of the political system, political rights, civil rights and religion. The analysis suggests that all but one (nature of the political system) have a significant impact on mediation outcomes.

Department/s

  • Department of Political Science

Publishing year

2001

Language

English

Pages

3-23

Publication/Series

International Negotiation

Volume

6

Issue

1

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

Brill Academic Publishers

Topic

  • Political Science

Keywords

  • Förhandlingar
  • Internationell politik

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 1382-340X