Mediators' attempts to get parties to settle run counter to support of party self-determination. This blog post describes 3 specific ways mediators make this mistake.
The market for mediation in litigated cases demands practices that undermine self-determination. The latest blog post at the Institute for the Study of Transformation enumerates that factor and 4 others that make it hard for mediators to remain true to mediations ideal. You can read it here.