Source: (1985) Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 215p.

This examination of the ideology of informalism in dispute processing concludes that mediation is less distinct from traditional legal forms than reformers realize. The author discusses dispute processing reform in its broader social and political contexts through the rise of judicial management in the Progressive era of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and the reconstruction of court unification in the 1970's. A look at the Kansas City Neighborhood Justice Center, established in 1978, examines referral sources and compares sanctions and rates of participation and nonparticipation in mediation and similar court hearings.