Adrian made a comment on the Lost In Translation blog a while ago
After the recent trouncing of the Lisbon (European) Treaty by the
Irish I wondered whether VPEC-T can help?
Values - National, European; conflicting and complementary
Policy - The constituent parts of the treaty
Events - The vote
Content - The treaty, which no one understands
Trust - Complete lack of, as the populace doesn’t trust the EU
bureaucrats or understands the treaty
Could VPEC-T thinking have helped the EUcrats to a “Yes” vote by
revealing the weakness - lack of trust - and identifying the causes
and addressing. Or is this too obvious?
When I read this comment again, I wondered whether there was any
reason why VPEC-T would help the EUcrats more than any other
stakeholder group, and whether VPEC-T would necessarily favour any
particular outcome. Could VPEC-T thinking equally have helped the anti-
In a conflict situation, is there an advantage in having VPEC-T if the
other side don't have it? Or is there a greater advantage if the other
side has VPEC-T as well, perhaps by increasing the chances of finding
a win-win solution. Of course it would be nice to imagine the latter,
but do we have any real evidence of this effect?