Belief Conflicts and Coalition Structures Driving Subnational Policy Responses: The Case of Swiss Regulation of Unconventional Gas Development

Ingold, Karin; Fischer, Manuel (2016). Belief Conflicts and Coalition Structures Driving Subnational Policy Responses: The Case of Swiss Regulation of Unconventional Gas Development. In: Weible, Christopher M.; Heikkila, Tanya; Ingold, Karin; Fischer, Manuel (eds.) Policy Debates on Hydraulic Fracturing (pp. 201-237). New York: Palgrave Macmillan US 10.1057/978-1-137-59574-4_8

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Although there are no immediate projects of unconventional gas exploitation using hydraulic fracturing in Switzerland, the issue is on the political agenda. In federalist Switzerland, cantons are responsible for attributing the respective concessions to private companies according to the usual regulatory procedure of mineral and gas extraction. Yet, policy change has happened in different cantons, including moratoriums and planned bans of hydraulic fracturing techniques. This chapter compares the cantons of Neuchâtel, Bern, and Vaud, where slightly differing regulations are currently in place. Based on the empirical analysis of coalitions, their beliefs and preferences, as well as political and technical information exchange among them, we aim to understand the current policy outputs in the respective cantons, as well as the potential for future policy change.

Item Type:

Book Section (Book Chapter)

Division/Institute:

10 Strategic Research Centers > Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)
03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Political Science
10 Strategic Research Centers > Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research (OCCR)

UniBE Contributor:

Ingold, Karin Mirjam and Fischer, Manuel

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science

ISBN:

978-1-137-60376-0

Publisher:

Palgrave Macmillan US

Language:

English

Submitter:

Karin Mirjam Ingold Michel

Date Deposited:

05 Jan 2017 16:09

Last Modified:

20 Mar 2018 14:59

Publisher DOI:

10.1057/978-1-137-59574-4_8

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/91677

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