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Police Compulsory Arbitration: A Review of the Research

NCJ Number
Government Union Review Volume: 17 Issue: 1 Dated: (Winter 1996) Pages: 23-52
B R Johnson; G L Warchol
Date Published
30 pages
Methods used in police compulsory arbitration research are reviewed and classified in an effort to identify strengths and weaknesses of each method, to expand the existing theoretical foundation for police compulsory arbitration, and to assist labor relations professionals in developing sound policies.
Content analysis was performed on documents related to police compulsory arbitration. The focus was on descriptive analyses and multivariate research. The classification review of revealed a great deal of research has been conducted on police compulsory arbitration, providing the labor researcher a firm foundation on which to use advanced methods in police compulsory arbitration research. Most research studies, however, have been exploratory and descriptive in nature. Compounded by the fact that arbitration legislation, processes, and procedures vary among States, these research classifications have done very little to explain why arbitration occurs or what specific factors contribute to or impede the arbitration process. Consequently, without the application of sound statistical methods, the arbitration process may not be clearly understood and there may be risks associated with relying on research findings to develop social policies. The authors recommend labor arbitration research take on a new paradigm based on better constructed theoretical models, models that can be used to investigate specific factors involved in police labor arbitration. 85 references


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