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date: 05 March 2021

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This chapter examines the profound changes that have taken place in the study of environmental and energy policy (EEP) in and about France. It explains why and how they constitute a challenge from a substantive and an analytic perspective, and, in the French context, it argues that EEP still holds an ambivalent position. This chapter develops two main arguments. First, the emergence of EEP study in the French context is closely related to this policy’s origins and long-held, strong relationships with the ecology movement. Second, EEP in France has long constituted a challenge for both comparative political research and for classic models about the functioning of the state and policymaking in France. This chapter concludes by challenging the idea that EEP in France is sufficiently specific to justify excluding it any longer from comparative political research agendas.

Keywords: environmental policy, energy policy, natural resources, environmentalism, nuclear energy, social movements, policy innovation, policy change, institutionalization, state–society relationships

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