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Brief History of Alternative Dispute Resolution in the United States

Editor’s note: This issue of Cadmus focuses on the power of organizational innovation to address social problems and enhance social effectiveness. The development of law marks the evolution of civilization. Survival of the fittest is the law of the jungle based on strength alone. As society developed, rule by the governing principle of physical strength on the battle field was progressively supplanted by the rule of social authority as determined by those in power. Monarchy, dictatorship, plutocracy have gradually given way to principles of justice as rule of law and administered government through legislation and the courts. Read More