orgtheory in the new york times


Kieran “Big Time” Healy’s new book Last Best Gifts is reviewed in this week’s NY Times Sunday Book Review.  Virginia Postrel, no stranger to the organ donation issue, gives the book a positive treatment.  Postrel seems to get and identify with Kieran’s sociological perspective.

Healy’s sociological message resonates through that debate. Financial incentives would operate within complex organizational structures, as well as contract and liability law. Bureaucratic institutions, notably hospitals and insurers, would shape the environment in which transplants take place. Many kidney sellers would still have humanitarian motives. “The idea that markets inevitably corrupt,” Healy writes, “is not tenable precisely because they are embedded within social relations, cultural categories and institutional routines.” Commerce isn’t antithetical to culture; it is part of it.


Seriously Kieran, we’re not worthy.

Written by brayden king

January 27, 2007 at 2:54 pm

Posted in books, brayden

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  1. Congratulations, Kieran!! Outstanding work!!


    Fabio Rojas

    January 27, 2007 at 4:54 pm

  2. Congrats!



    January 27, 2007 at 5:12 pm

  3. Good thing Richard Lewontin didn’t get to review it!



    January 27, 2007 at 7:39 pm

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