Postprint version. Published in Journal of Rural Studies, Volume 16, Issue 4, October 1, 2000, pages 475-483.
Copyright © 2000 Elsevier.
NOTE: At the time of publication, the author Wayne Howard was not yet affiliated with Cal Poly.
The definitive version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0743-0167(00)00023-1.
An increasing number of articles in professional and scientific journals, as well as in the public press, give evidence to a rising number of conflicts that exist in rural communities. These conflicts arise from changes in farming practices, the increasing number of large-scale production units, resource use, and demographics. Fair, effective and efficient approaches to resolve these conflicts are of increasing interest and importance. An interactive conflict resolution (ICR) approach that focuses on communication and positive social interactions may be a preferred approach for resolving conflicts. The role of ICR approaches in addressing conflicts arising from farming and agri-business practices is presented and discussed in this paper. The paper posits that ICR approaches are efficient from an economic as well as a social perspective and that they provide the greatest potential to realize socially optimal outcomes from a both a theoretical and practical perspective.
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