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Negocjacje polityczne: między działaniem jednostek a relacjami strukturalnymi
Political Negotiations: Actions of Individuals versus Structural Relations

Author(s): Dorota Rancew-Sikora
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: Instytut Filozofii i Socjologii Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: political negotiations; intergroup relations; representation of social groups; conflict resolution

Summary/Abstract: The article aims at exploring the significance of political negotiations for regulating group relations. The Author wonders to what extent sociology can be useful for the understanding of what is actually occurring during negotiations. The following article attempts to present a multi-level analysis, taking into account both interactive characteristics as well as the influence of structural factors on negotiation processes. It is organized along the subsequent lines: initially elementary situations were discussed, in which only individuals participate. Next, the Author presents negotiations of individuals in social networks, negotiations of group representatives, intergroup relations, and finally, the place of negotiation processes in democratic systems. The complex nature of a negotiation situation is noted by the participants, and it causes some decision-making dilemmas which, in turn, shape the situation in question. The analytical approach to this problem can assist in explaining the behavior of actors and the end results of the negotiation process.

  • Issue Year: 176/2005
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 67-93
  • Page Count: 24
  • Language: Polish