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Re-Building Bridges


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  • Product Description

    This 6-person capstone Congressional simulation centers on negotiating elements of a Manager’s Amendment before introducing a large infrastructure bill on the floor. There are 6 issues to be resolved: the number of amendments allowed, implementation timeframe, size of infrastructure bill, gas taxes, how the bill is paid for, and provisions on self-driving vehicles. Outcomes are scored for each negotiator. The parties negotiating include the Senate Majority Leader (R-IA), the Senate Minority Leader (D-OR) , a Republican Majority Senator (R-AR), a Minority Senator (D-NJ), the White House Legislative Affairs representative, and the president of an autonomous vehicles interest group (AVIA).

    Learning Objectives:
    The exercise introduces and explores the complexities associated with multiparty negotiations in the US legislative context including building, maintaining, and blocking coalitions and process management.

    This exercise is ideally situated later in a course that has already addressed negotiation fundamentals, including creating and claiming value, and in which students have had experience moving from two-party to multiparty negotiations.

    While Rebuilding Bridges is set in the United States Congress, instructors need not have legislative experience to run this case exercise. Relatedly, the main teaching objectives are universal and can be relevant to students outside of the legislative context as well as students who live and work outside of the United States.

    (150-210 minutes to teach)

  • Other Details

    Publication Date: February 28, 2019
    Teaching Plan: Available with Educator Access
    HKS Case Number: 2152.0
    Case Author: Brian Mandell, Monica Giannone, Emily Schlichting
    Faculty Lead: Brian Mandell
    Pages (incl. exhibits): 10
    Setting: United States
    Language: English
    Funding Source: The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
    _year: 2018-2019
    _pages: 10
    _geography: US & Canada
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