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Title: Dash for Gas: Climate Change, Hegemony and the Scalar Politics of Fracking in the UK
Authors: Kirk, J.
Nyberg, D.
Wright, C.
First Published: 15-Apr-2018
Publisher: Wiley for British Academy of Management
Citation: British Journal of Management, 2018
Abstract: This paper investigates the political contestation over hydraulic fracturing of shale gas, or ‘fracking’, in the UK. Based on an analysis of four public inquiries we show how both proponents and opponents of fracking employed scaling to mobilize interests by connecting (or disconnecting) fracking to spatial and temporal scales. Our analysis explains how a fossil fuel hegemony was reproduced by linking local and specific benefits to nationally or globally recognized interests, such as, employment, energy security and emission reductions. The paper contributes to recent debates on environmental political contestation by showing how scaling enables the linkage of competing interests by alternating between spatial (e.g. local vs. global) and temporal (e.g. short term vs. long term) horizons. We argue that scaling allows dominant actors to uphold contradictory positions on climate change, which contributes to explaining the current disastrous political climate impasse.
DOI Link: 10.1111/1467-8551.12291
ISSN: 1045-3172
eISSN: 1467-8551
Embargo on file until: 15-Apr-2020
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2018, Wiley for British Academy of Management. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy.
Description: The file associated with this record is under embargo until 24 months after publication, in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy. The full text may be available through the publisher links provided above.
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