News Stories 2013

Shale Play Politics: The Emerging Role of the American State in the Regulation of Hydraulic Fracturing
Muhlenberg hosts Barry Rabe, Professor of Public Policy in the Ford School at the University of Michigan to discuss regulation of fracking.

Barry Rabe, Professor of Public Policy in the Ford School at the University of Michigan will give a talk, “Shale Play Politics:  The Emerging Role of the American State in the Regulation of Hydraulic Fracturing,” on Thursday, September 26, at 7:00 p.m. in Miller Forum, Moyer Hall.  The event is co-sponsored by the Political Science Department, Pi Sigma Alpha, The Sustainability Studies Program and the Institute of Public Opinion.

"Rabe is a very well-established player in environmental policy and climate change issues," says Chris Borick, associate professor of political science, who has worked closely with Rabe over the past several years. The Ford School and Muhlenberg's Institute of Public Opinion have collaborated on numerous surveys, which Borick says, "is wonderful for our students. It's given (Muhlenberg students) access to big projects that are integrated at the R-1 research level and used in programs at the University of Michigan, one of the best universities... in the country."

In addition to his work at with public policy at University of Michigan, Rabe also holds appointments in the School of Natural Resources and Environment and the Program in the Environment. He is a non-resident senior fellow in the Governance Studies Program at the Brookings Institution. Much of his recent research examines state and regional development of policies to reduce greenhouse gases, which has been conducted in collaboration with the Brookings Institution, the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, and the Pew Center on Global Climate Change. In 2006, Rabe became the first social scientist to receive a Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in recognition of his contribution to both scholarship and policy making. His 2004 Brookings book, Statehouse and Greenhouse: The Evolving Politics of American Climate Change Policy, received the 2005 Lynton Keith Caldwell Award from the American Political Science Association in recognition of the best book published on environmental politics and policy in the past three years.

Rabe has also written extensively about such topics as nuclear and hazardous waste management, cross-border and cross-media transfer of pollutants in federal regulatory systems, and the conditions necessary to achieve intergovernmental cooperation in the implementation of federal grant and regulatory programs. During the 2008-09 year, he was a visiting professor at the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, where he organized the National Conference on Climate Governance and edited a series of subsequent publications. In 2004, he completed a ten-year term as editor of the American Governance and Public Policy book series for Georgetown University Press. At Michigan, he previously served as Director of the Program in the Environment and as Interim Dean of the School of Natural Resources and Environment. In 2007, he received the Daniel Elazar Award for Career Contribution to the Study of Federalism from the American Political Science Association. In 2009, he was named a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.