Contact: Nina Burkardt
The Legal-Institutional Analysis Model (LIAM) was designed to accomplish three goals: (1) plan for participation in a negotiation, (2) predict organizational behavior, and (3) examine likely negotiation strategies. It is one tool for negotiation preparation. The model was developed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for water resource management conflicts (Lamb 1980; Wilds 1986). However, it can be used to assess strategies in most natural resource conflicts (Lamb and Hindman 1984; Lamb 1987; Taylor and Lamb 1989). The LIAM uses a questionnaire to measure respondent knowledge about an organization's likely behavior and power (Lamb, Wilds, and Taylor 1993). The LIAM software was developed in the early 1980's and reprogrammed into a Windows version in 1993.