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Federalizing energy? Agenda change and the politics of fracking


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  • Charles Davis


  • Katherine Hoffer


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    This paper focuses on agenda change affecting the politics of “fracking operations” in the US, a process of extracting natural gas from underground shale formations. We examine how the movement of this policy issue between the state and federal levels of government has become increasingly contentious because of rising public concern about pollution impacts. Using information obtained from documentary sources and media content analysis, we found that the natural gas policy coalition has largely focused on a political strategy based on maintaining fracking regulatory controls at the state level, while the environmental policy coalition has pushed for increased regulation of drilling practices in general, including a larger policy and oversight role for federal agencies such as EPA. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, LLC. 2012

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    Article provided by Springer in its journal Policy Sciences.

    Volume (Year): 45 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 3 (September)
    Pages: 221-241

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    Handle: RePEc:kap:policy:v:45:y:2012:i:3:p:221-241

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    Keywords: Agenda setting; Energy policy; Natural gas; Environmental politics; Federalism;


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    Cited by:
    1. Boudet, Hilary & Clarke, Christopher & Bugden, Dylan & Maibach, Edward & Roser-Renouf, Connie & Leiserowitz, Anthony, 2014. "“Fracking” controversy and communication: Using national survey data to understand public perceptions of hydraulic fracturing," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 65(C), pages 57-67.
    2. Holahan, Robert & Arnold, Gwen, 2013. "An institutional theory of hydraulic fracturing policy," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 94(C), pages 127-134.


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