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J Law Med Ethics. 2009 Winter;37(4):800-6. doi: 10.1111/j.1748-720X.2009.00451.x.

Between public opinion and public policy: human embryonic stem-cell research and path-dependency.

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Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics at Yale University, USA.


In bioethics as in other areas of health policy, historical institutional factors can shape policy independently of interests or public opinion. This article finds policy divergence among countries with similar national moral views of stem cell research, and explains that divergence as the product of path-dependency.

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