Negotiating a Coalition of the Willing: Curt Bramble and the Utah Immigration Fight

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    Abstract:
    The case describes how state legislators in Utah, a very conservative state, assembled a “Coalition of the Willing”—Republican and Democratic representatives alongside religious, civic and business leaders—to negotiate a bi-partisan compromise to address the emotionally-charged issue of immigration reform. The case focuses on Senator Curt Bramble’s efforts to develop and shape the negotiating strategy and trajectory of the 2010-2011 immigration legislation. The case demonstrates how Bramble was able to bring everyone to the negotiating table, to define the problem and ultimately to craft the compromise—despite strong opposition within his own party. The case does not focus on the negotiation of the legislation per se, but on how the parties built support while moving from problem definition/framing through development of the Utah Compact (guiding principles developed by external stakeholders) to the drafting of the legislation. Key learning objectives include: diagnosing the barriers to agreement; understanding the role of external stakeholders in shaping the negotiation strategy and trajectory of the legislation; explaining how a focus on problem framing brings more people to the table and creates the conditions for buy-in of an acceptable compromise solution. The case allows instructors to explore questions such as: What were the bureaucratic, institutional or other barriers that stood between Senator Bramble and his preferred legislation? How did Senator Bramble attract key players and resources? How did he frame the issues to optimize his chances for success?

    Learning Objective:
    Key learning objectives include: diagnosing the barriers to agreement; understanding the role of the Utah Compact in shaping the negotiation strategy and trajectory of the 2010-2011 legislation; explaining how a focus on problem framing brings more people to the table and creates the conditions for buy-in of an acceptable compromise solution.

  • Other Details

    Publication Date: May 29, 2018
    Teaching Plan: Available with Educator Access
    HKS Case Number: 2127.0
    Case Author: Laura Winig
    Faculty Lead: Brian Mandell
    Pages (incl. exhibits): 20
    Setting: United States
    Language: English
    Funding Source: The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
    _year: 2017-2018
    _pages: 16-25
    _geography: US & Canada
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