Extract: As modern mediation has moved from adolescence to maturity, more writers are querying some of the ‘fundamentals’ of mediation. In this article I explore some of the practical advice given to mediators in current literature on the effect of the parties’ power in a mediation, in particular the desirability of the mediator accepting responsibility for balancing power. I then look at the origin of this advice and how the concept of power balancing has developed. I then propose an alternative structure for considering the impact of power in a mediation
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