Compromise. What makes a negotiated solution durable?

  • Professeur
    Pfetsch, Pr Frank
    University of Heidelberg, Allemagne


Negotiated results are the most common practice in democratic societies. My contribution concentrates primarily on negotiated compromises since compromise is the most common result in democratic politics and compromise is the non-violent method achieving solutions for political conflicts.

My contribution is theoretical as well as empirical. The first part deals with the theoretical aspect and concerns questions such as what is a compromise, how can one achieve a compromise in the range of potential solutions to the negotiation? What does a “true” compromise consist of relative to a “false” one? What are the criteria for sustainable solutions? Five conditions for sustainability are being exposed.

The second part deals with the subject in the historical context of diplomacy by referring to examples of concrete events in recent history: how do politicians act in conflicts, what kind of experience(s) can be drawn from official and semi-official texts? The empirical experience provides the material to test the theoretical ascertainment. I will then provide historical examples for each of the five conditions of a durable compromise.


compromise, negotiation

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