Hydraulic Fracturing Policy in the United Kingdom: Coalition, Cooperation, and Opposition in the Face of Uncertainty

Cairney, Paul; Fischer, Manuel; Ingold, Karin (2016). Hydraulic Fracturing Policy in the United Kingdom: Coalition, Cooperation, and Opposition in the Face of Uncertainty. In: Weible, Christopher M.; Heikkila, Tanya; Fischer, Manuel (eds.) Policy Debates on Hydraulic Fracturing (pp. 81-113). New York: Palgrave Macmillan 10.1057/978-1-137-59574-4_4

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The UK government seems to be ‘all out for shale’, but the regulatory process is ongoing, and there remain many hurdles to pass before shale gas can be developed commercially. We try to understand the intermediate policy outcome by identifying advocacy coalitions and explaining how they share information. We identify a large, tentatively pro-exploration coalition, and a small anti-exploration coalition. The former argues that, if regulated well, drilling for shale gas is a low-risk, potentially high-return industry; the latter relies on the ‘precautionary principle’ to identify an issue with unclear risks and potentially catastrophic environmental consequences. The process has produced a UK government policy in favour of hydraulic fracturing, but it is still unclear how devolved and local actors will influence the process.

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:

Fischer, Manuel and Ingold, Karin Mirjam

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science

ISBN:

978-1-137-60376-0

Publisher:

Palgrave Macmillan

Language:

English

Submitter:

Fadri Crameri

Date Deposited:

05 Jan 2017 16:08

Last Modified:

07 Jan 2018 15:02

Publisher DOI:

10.1057/978-1-137-59574-4_4

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/91964

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