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In this study, Creig (2001) investigates the role of mediation ripeness in securing mediation success between enduring rivals. In this study, Creig conceptualises ripeness in two broad categories: in terms of temporal factors related to when in the dispute lifecycle mediation is attempted, and in terms of contextual factors related to the dispute and the relationship between the disputants. In so doing, the study examines the role of mediation ripeness in the achievement of both short term and extended term mediation success.

In this study, Creig, tests three logics and nine hypotheses about mediation ripeness using a database of 202 mediations. The study reveals three dominant patterns in the factors associated with ripeness for both short term and extended term processes. Firstly, the characteristics of previous disputes in the life of a rivalry provide a powerful influence on the prospects for both short term and extended term mediation success. Under this pattern, short term mediation success is most likely early in the life of a rivalry while extended term mediation success is most likely late in the lifetime of enduring rivalries.

The second pattern highlights the difference in the degree to which both short term and extended term mediation success depends on strategic shifts within the regimes of enduring rivals. Short term mediation success requires lower levels of change in the conflictual strategies pursued by enduring rivals. Extended term mediation processes entail more fundamental changes in the manner in which enduring rival relate to one another.
The third pattern demonstrates the differing influence of mediations being initiated by…...

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