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

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


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.

MeSH terms

  • Asia
  • Cross-Cultural Comparison*
  • Embryo Research / ethics
  • Embryo Research / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Embryonic Stem Cells*
  • Europe
  • Humans
  • Policy Making*
  • Public Opinion*
  • Public Policy*
  • United States