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

environmental policy integration, interest groups, governance, energy policy, stakeholder, sustainable development,
Sustainable Development
Department of Public Administration and Sociology (DPAS)

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