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Governmental stakeholder and project owner's views on the regulative framework in nuclear projects

This article aims at increasing the understanding of a specific type of stakeholder, namely governmental stakeholders who have significant influence over projects and base their influence on a regulative framework. Various parties in nuclear projects create their own interpretations of the framework. To understand why there are differences in these interpretations, the paper uses three institutional theory elements: (1) laws and rules, (2) practices, (3) values for analysis. In addition, it uses interview data from a nuclear industry governmental stakeholder and project owner. The results show that interpretations are not always coherent, and the incoherencies are clearest in the practice element and that even with correct interpretation of regulations and desired values, correct interpretations of the practices may still not be realized. The findings reveal that changing one's mind set to match a new institutional environment is difficult.
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