Review of Policy Research
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Edited By: Christopher Gore, Ryerson University, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Online ISSN: 1541-1338
The Policy and Politics of Fracking
Read the latest research from Review of Policy Research on fracking, shale gas and the politics of fracking internationally.
Introduction from the Editor
It is my pleasure to introduce the journal’s first ‘virtual special issue’ on the The Politics and Policy of Fracking. This group of papers has been published in Review of Policy Research: The Politics and Policy of Science and Technology, over the last two years. The growth in research on hydraulic fracturing and shale gas extraction is certainly timely and I am very happy that the journal continues to be an outlet for critical contemporary analysis of emerging science, technology and environmental issues. I have been studying environmental politics for over twenty years, and I can think of very few issues where jurisdictions – many in very close proximity to one another geographically and ideologically – have such divergent perspectives on the risks, benefits and regulatory regimes of an issue.
I hope this collection of papers inspires current and future scholars to examine a range of questions needing careful assessment in future, such as: the relationship and conflict between local, sub-national and national governments in regulating, siting and approving hydraulic fracturing operations; the politics of risk and risk perception; the relationship between domestic and global energy security and how concerns about environmental health and safety temper or influence broader energy security goals; and, the factors explaining convergence and divergence in support for and rejection of hydraulic fracturing within the same country and between countries. Thank you for your interest in the journal and this collection of papers on hydraulic fracturing in the US and globally.
The Politics of “Fracking”: Regulating Natural Gas Drilling Practices in Colorado and Texas