"I was never ruined but twice: Once when I lost a lawsuit; once when I won one." Voltaire

Voltaire's skepticism regarding litigation has been shared in recent years by an increasing number of parties who have experienced first-hand the trauma of the traditional adversarial system. Most people engaged in a conflict are looking for other dispute resolution methods that are cheaper, more efficient, less confrontational and also hold out at least the promise of resolving disputes without irreparable injury to the parties' underlying relationship.

This project sets out to define and discuss Alternative Dispute Resolution as a precursor to Preemptive Dispute Resolution and then takes a closer look at Negotiated Rulemaking as a means of resolving conflict before litigation becomes necessary.

This project also explores whether Negotiated Rulemaking can be improved and expanded to benefit local and municipal governments.

This article (project) first appeared as a partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree Master of Public Administration. It has subsequently been reviewed as general information. Although technical as to its subject, it is not a legal document nor should it be interpreted as final legal authority.

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