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dc.contributor Jez, Su Jin en
dc.contributor.advisor Kirlin, Mary en
dc.contributor.author Durbin, Amy Marie en
dc.date.accessioned 2013-07-11T15:34:06Z en
dc.date.available 2013-07-11T15:34:06Z en
dc.date.issued 2013-07-11 en
dc.date.submitted 2013-05-08 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10211.9/2181 en
dc.description Thesis (M.P.P.A., Public Policy and Administration) -- California State University, Sacramento, 2013. en
dc.description.abstract In 2011, Governor Brown signed AB 506 (Wieckowski), which established a mandated mediation process as a pre-condition to filing for municipal bankruptcy in California. Historically, municipal bankruptcies were a rare occurrence; when three municipalities within the state filed for bankruptcy protections in the summer of 2012, focus on the negotiation process within insolvent municipalities further magnified. To answer whether mandated mediation can prevent municipal bankruptcies and to determine how negotiation applies specifically in these situations, I applied a negotiation condition framework to case studies of California’s recent municipal bankruptcies. Using various public sources of data, including news articles and court statements, my thesis discovered two negotiation conditions affect the process more than any other factor: willingness to participate in negotiations and the complexity of contractual issues at stake. In addition, charting the changes in negotiation conditions over the case studies highlighted an evolution of those two conditions. The ultimate finding recognized that willingness to negotiate in municipal bankruptcies relies on court rulings answering contractual questions related to stakeholder inclusion in the overall adjustment of debts process. Therefore, in municipal bankruptcies, litigation cannot be prevented with mediation; it in fact assists mediation. en
dc.description.sponsorship Public Policy and Administration en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.subject Alternative dispute resolution en
dc.subject Municipal insolvency en
dc.subject Willingness to pay en
dc.subject Willingness to negotiate en
dc.subject Collaboration en
dc.subject Complexity of contracts en
dc.title The evolution of negotiation in local government bankruptcies: can mandated mediation prevent municipal bankruptcies? en
dc.type Thesis en


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