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


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.


Hydraulic Fracture Policy Actor Coalition Structure Coalition Member Coalition Politics 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christopher M. Weible
    • 1
  • Tanya Heikkila
    • 1
  • Karin Ingold
    • 2
    • 3
  • Manuel Fischer
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Public AffairsUniversity of Colorado DenverDenverUSA
  2. 2.Institute for Political ScienceUniversity of BernBernSwitzerland
  3. 3.Department of Environmental Social Sciences, EawagDübendorfSwitzerland

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