The proliferation of waste incinerators in France has stimulated widespread policy conflict and social mobilisation. French government has struggled to follow a coherent waste management strategy. Its initial preference for landfills as a waste disposal solution was replaced by waste incineration. This sparked a nationwide programme of construction in both urban and rural areas. Recent technological advances in waste-to-energy have further cemented incineration as a major policy solution in its management mix. Local anti-incinerator campaigns have emerged throughout France in response. A resource-opportunity analysis is employed to explain why some campaigns succeeded when others did not.

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Keywords environmental mobilisation, resources, political opportunity structures, French politics, waste infrastructure
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1080/09644010903345694, hdl.handle.net/1765/125745
Journal Environmental Politics
Citation
McCauley, D.A. (2009). Wasting Energy? An analysis of campaigns against Waste-to-Energy Plants in France. Environmental Politics, 18(6), 917–938. doi:10.1080/09644010903345694