The last few years' discussion of mediation is imbued with a certain "born again" quality. The enthusiasm is understandable in view of the attractive features of this process; but it has obscured the facts that no process works well for everyone, and that for some people, mediation is worse than useless. In view of the general tide of professional opinion that mediation is a "better" process for resolving disputes, qualifications and reservations are easily enough overlooked, and "better for whom?" is not a particularly popular question
Patterns of Bias in Mediation,
1985 J. Disp. Resol.
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