What we are learning

NPI - science of partnership

There are five fundamental elements to the science of partnership: (1) the science of decision-making, (2) the science of institutional design, (3) the science of leadership, (4), the science of relationships, and (5) the science of personal transformation. While each element has its own community of scientists and practitioners, there are fewer who live and work at the intersections of these elements.  

We are beginning to fund lab experiments at the Leadership, Institutions, Mindsets and Behaviors (LIMB) Lab at the University of Florida at the intersection of these elements. 

Resources on the science of partnership

Germer, Christopher and Ronald Siegel, editors. Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy: Deepening Mindfulness in Clinical Practice

Gerzon, Mark. Leading Through Conflict: How Successful Leaders Transform Differences into Opportunities

Gerzon, Mark. The Reunited States of America: How We Can Bridge the Partisan Divide.

Haidt, Jonathan. The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided About Politics and Religion.

Heenan, David and Warren Bennis. Co-Leadership: the Power of Great Partnerships.

Ostrom, Elinor. Governing the Commons: the Evolution of Institutions for Collective Action.

Ostrom, Elinor. Understanding Institutional Diversity.

Siegel, Daniel. Mindsight: the New Science of Personal Transformation

Our contributions so far

Here are a few of our articles on challenges to win-win politics, and ways to overcome them:

1. Trust in the Executive: Requiring Consensus and Turn-Taking in the Experimental Lab.
Authors: T. Clark Durant, Michael Weintraub, Dan Houser, Shuwen Li.
Publication: Journal of Peace Research 55(5), 2018

2. How to Make Democracy Self-Enforcing After Civil War: Enabling Credible Yet Adaptable Elite Pacts
Authors: T. Clark Durant, Michael Weintraub
Publication: Conflict Management and Peace Science 31(5), 2014

3. An Institutional Remedy for Ethnic Patronage Politics
Authors: T. Clark Durant, Michael Weintraub
Publication: Journal of Theoretical Politics 26(1), 2014

4. Altruism, Righteousness, and Myopia
Authors: T. Clark Durant, Michael Weintraub
Publication: Critical Review 23(3), 2011

5. Making Executive Politics Mutually Productive and Fair
Authors: T. Clark Durant
Publication: Constitutional Political Economy 22(2), 2011

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