Introduction (Policy Debates on Hydraulic Fracturing)

Weible, Christopher M.; Heikkila, Tanya; Ingold, Karin; Fischer, Manuel (2016). Introduction (Policy Debates on Hydraulic Fracturing). In: Weible, Christopher M.; Heikkila, Tanya; Fischer, Manuel (eds.) Policy Debates on Hydraulic Fracturing (pp. 1-27). New York: Palgrave Macmillan 10.1057/978-1-137-59574-4_1

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Hydraulic fracturing is one of the most contentious issues in environmental and energy politics today. This chapter offers an introduction to the nature of this debate, the rationale for studying the coalitions and public policies surrounding hydraulic fracturing from a comparative perspective, and a description of how the Advocacy Coalition Framework (ACF) can guide such a comparison. In doing so, it provides a discussion of key features of the ACF, including policy subsystems, policy actors and coalitions, and policy change or continuation. Finally, this chapter presents an overview of the hydraulic fracturing subsystems from North America and Europe, which the remainder of this book explores through the lens of the ACF.

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Book Section (Book Chapter)


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, Fischer, Manuel (B)


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science




Palgrave Macmillan




Fadri Crameri

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05 Jan 2017 16:07

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29 Mar 2023 23:35

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