Policy Debates on Hydraulic Fracturing

Comparing Coalition Politics in North America and Europe

  • Christopher M. Weible
  • Tanya Heikkila
  • Karin Ingold
  • Manuel Fischer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Christopher M. Weible, Tanya Heikkila, Karin Ingold, Manuel Fischer
    Pages 1-27
  3. Daniel Nohrstedt, Kristin Olofsson
    Pages 147-175
  4. Karin Ingold, Manuel Fischer, Tanya Heikkila, Christopher M. Weible
    Pages 239-264
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 265-276

About this book


This edited volume compares seven countries in North America and Europe on the highly topical issue of oil and gas development that uses hydraulic fracturing or “fracking.” The comparative analysis is based on the Advocacy Coalition Framework (ACF) and guided by two questions: First, in each country, what are current coalitions and the related policy output? Second, based on the current situation, what are the chances for future policy change? This book is the first to use a social science approach to analyze hydraulic fracturing debates and the first application of the ACF that is deliberately comparative. The contributions in this book advance our understanding about the formation of coalitions and development of public policy in the context of different forms of government and economically recoverable natural resources. 


Advocacy Coalition Framework Policy Process Policy Change Hydraulic Fracturing Fracking Shale Gas Comparative Policy Analysis North America Europe comparative politics political science politics United States of America

Editors and affiliations

  • Christopher M. Weible
    • 1
  • Tanya Heikkila
    • 2
  • Karin Ingold
    • 3
  • Manuel Fischer
    • 4
  1. 1.University of Colorado - Denver DenverUSA
  2. 2.University of Colorado - Denver DenverUSA
  3. 3.University of Bern and EawagBern / DübendorfSwitzerland
  4. 4.Eawag and University of BernDübendorf / BernSwitzerland

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