Punctuated Equilibrium, Moral Panics and the Ethics Review Process

  title={Punctuated Equilibrium, Moral Panics and the Ethics Review Process},
  author={Maureen H. Fitzgerald},
  journal={Journal of Academic Ethics},
  • M. Fitzgerald
  • Published 30 November 2005
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Academic Ethics
A review of the literature and ethnographic data from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United States, and the United Kingdom on the research ethics review process suggest that moral panics can become triggers for punctuated equilibrium in the review process at both the macro and microlevel, albeit with significantly different levels of magnitude and impact. These data suggest that neither the development of the ethics review process nor the process itself proceeds gradually, but both are… Expand
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