Energy democracy, dissent and discourse in the party politics of shale gas in the United Kingdom

Williams, Laurence and Sovacool, Benjamin K (2020) Energy democracy, dissent and discourse in the party politics of shale gas in the United Kingdom. Environmental Politics. pp. 1-25. ISSN 0964-4016

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Drawing from an extensive content analysis of the UK parliamentary debate over shale gas, we use the UK shale gas case to explore how energy democracy themes are used and countered in the framing strategies of discourse coalitions in national political sites. Furthermore, we explore the extent to which these national political sites and discursive strategies are effective as institutions and practices through which to achieve energy democracy. We achieve this through an analysis of the success of the UK anti- and pro-shale gas development discourse coalitions in recruiting national political figures and influencing thinking and decision-making in parliament. In doing so, we bring together the literatures on discourse coalitions and energy democracy. We conclude with implications for both national policy as well as critical inquiry into environmental politics.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: energy democracy, shale gas, hydraulic fracturing, frames, discursive coalitions, party politics
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Research Centres and Groups: The Sussex Energy Group
Subjects: H Social Sciences
J Political Science
Depositing User: Francisco Dominguez
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2020 08:20
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2020 14:30

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'Fracking', framing and effective participationG2419NERC-NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCILNE/R018138/1