Unequal power situations

Unequal power situations between the litigants (such as between employees and employers, consumers and producers, citizens and state, teachers and students etc.) should be recognized by the mediator and considered in an appropriate way. The parties concerned shall recognize the problem as a common and bear the responsibility for the regulation in equal parts. Especially this matter is very sensitive in business mediation of organizations and in higher social complexities that always generate hierarchical structures; in such cases, inexperienced mediators almost inevitably fall in traps by suffering perhaps the illusion to be able to simply "agree away" an imbalance of power. In reality,  in most cases only a certain, conscious renunciation of power is possible, that, however, has to be cleared - as well as the question of representatives – which means that it must be actively addressed and handled by the mediator.


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