Infectious disease threats are surrounded by scientific uncertainty. As a result, institutional structures can heavily determine the way in which such risks are managed. This is illustrated by the World Health Organisation's (WHO) management of the 2009 H1N1 pandemic. Given this, theories of path dependency, derived from the 'new institutionalism', are useful in analysing such events. This article examines theories of institutional and discursive path dependency in respect to the case study of...[Show more]
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