Pedestrian paths: why path-dependence theory leaves health policy analysis lost in space.

@article{Brown2010PedestrianPW,
  title={Pedestrian paths: why path-dependence theory leaves health policy analysis lost in space.},
  author={Lawrence D. Brown},
  journal={Journal of health politics, policy and law},
  year={2010},
  volume={35 4},
  pages={643-61}
}
Path dependence, a model first advanced to explain puzzles in the diffusion of technology, has lately won allegiance among analysts of the politics of public policy, including health care policy. Though the central premise of the model--that past events and decisions shape options for innovation in the present and future--is indisputable (indeed path dependence is, so to speak, too shallow to be false), the approach, at least as applied to health policy, suffers from ambiguities that undercut… CONTINUE READING

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