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Regional Sustainable Development in France: Assessing the Environmental Implications

Abstract : This article considers the environmental dimension of regional sustainable development in France. The first part evaluates the position of the environment in regional sustainable development policies using two levels of analysis. First, it examines the stated objectives for regional sustainable development that relate to a balanced integration of the environmental dimension in relation to the economic and social dimensions. Second, it demonstrates how efforts to implement regional sustainable development (RSD) invariably lead to domination by environmental factors, as a consequence of well established environmental policies. Thereafter, a critical analysis of this outcome is presented, illustrating how the disparity between what is said and done has produced an ambiguous notion of sustainable development (SD), and how different actors have adopted strongly opposing views. This confusion has created resistance by environmental actors, who perceive sustainable development as potentially diluting environmental demands. The article concludes by discussing the possible future role of the environment within regional sustainable development.
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François Bertrand, Corinne Larrue. Regional Sustainable Development in France: Assessing the Environmental Implications. Environmental Policy and Governance, 2005, 15 (15), pp.282-293. ⟨10.1002/eet.390⟩. ⟨halshs-02544951⟩

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