This intensive case study derives lessons for negotiation theory,
research, and practice from the Waco disaster. The siege at Waco
simply refuses to disappear. Recently uncovered evidence, an
ongoing civil suit, and the Danforth investigation fuel public
interest and controversy. Heated debates about ""what really
happened in Waco"" are a recurring public drama. Yet, little or no
attention has been given to the work of the negotiator who talked
with the Branch Davidians. This important book utilizes largely
unexplored sources of data to explain why fifty-one days of
negotiations by federal officials failed to get Branch Davidians to
exit the compound, as desired. Learning Lessons from Waco applies a
theory of worldview conflict to the more than 12,000 pages of
negotiation transcripts from Waco. Through perceptive analysis of
the situation, Jayne Seminare Docherty offers a fresh perspective
on the activities of law enforcement agents. She shows how the Waco
conflict resulted from a collision of two distinct worldviews - the
FBI's and the Davidians' - and their divergent notions of reality.
By exploring the failures of the negotiations, she also urges a
better understanding of encounters between rising religious
movements and dominant social institutions. Finally, the resulting
model is applicable to other conflict resolution processes such as
mediation and facilitated problem solving.
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