The inclusion of environmental interest groups in policy-making is said to provide greater legitimacy (Bernauer and Gampfer, 2013), accountability (Feldman and Blokov, 2009), new policy preferences (Bunea, 2013) and, ultimately, pro-environmental outcomes (Bohmelt and Betzold, 2013). This paper focuses on the development of inclusive governance structures and processes (with regard to environmental interests) in waste-toenergy policy designed to facilitate pro-environmental outcomes in the generation of ’clean’ renewable energy within the national context of France. Empirically, the paper argues that change in long-term exclusionary patterns in energy policy remains enduringly weak. Normatively, environmental ’inclusivity’ (i.e. the construction of meaningful pluralistic structures and processes) as a mechanism for achieving the prioritization of environmental concerns should become a central objective for energy policy, and more generally in the environmental policy integration literature. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and ERP Environment

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Keywords environmental policy integration, interest groups, governance, energy policy, stakeholder, sustainable development
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1002/sd.1584, hdl.handle.net/1765/125760
Journal Sustainable Development
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McCauley, D.A. (2015). Sustainable development in energy policy: a governance assessment of environmental stakeholder inclusion in waste-to-energy. Sustainable Development, 23(5), 378–390. doi:10.1002/sd.1584