Participation as a framework for analysing consumers’ experiences of alternative dispute resolution (ADR)

Williams, J., Gill, C., Creutzfeldt, N. and Vivian, N. (2020) Participation as a framework for analysing consumers’ experiences of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). Journal of Law and Society, 47(2), pp. 271-297. (doi: 10.1111/jols.12224)

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Abstract

This article argues that an analytic framework based on participation is useful for analysing consumer experiences of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) providing a complementary approach to analyses drawing on procedural justice theory. The argument is developed by applying McKeever’s “ladder of legal participation” (LLP)1 to a qualitative data set interviews with United Kingdom consumers. The article concludes that applying the LLP in the consumer ADR context results in novel empirical and theoretical insights. Empirically, it demonstrates that – despite low value and transactional disputes – consumers expect high levels of participation from ADR. Theoretically, it argues that the LLP supplements existing approaches by providing an unifying lens for studying consumer experiences by emphasizing the importance of participation, not only as a process value, but also in shaping outcomes highlighting the distinction between genuine and tokenistic provision of ADR.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gill, Dr Chris
Authors: Williams, J., Gill, C., Creutzfeldt, N., and Vivian, N.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Law
Journal Name:Journal of Law and Society
Publisher:Wiley
ISSN:0263-323X
ISSN (Online):1467-6478
Published Online:15 May 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 The Authors. Journal of Law and Society and Cardiff University Law School
First Published:First published in Journal of Law and Society 47(2): 271-297
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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