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

  • Karin Ingold
  • Manuel Fischer


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.


Coalition Structure Threat Perception Policy Output Advocacy Coalition Advocacy Coalition Framework 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Karin Ingold
    • 1
    • 3
  • Manuel Fischer
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of Political Science and Oeschger Centre for Climate Change ResearchUniversity of BernBernSwitzerland
  2. 2.Institute of Political ScienceUniversity of BernBernSwitzerland
  3. 3.Department of Environmental Social Sciences, EawagDübendorfSwitzerland

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