June 1, 2003

· Sociology

Organ donation is back in the news. CNN is running a story about a proposal to test cash incentives for organ donations. Maureen Dowd has a column about her niece who is that rarest of things, a live liver donor. And in the blogosphere, John Quiggin is complaining about a transplant-based example designed to show the problems with consequentialism.

All of which can mean only one thing: I need to finish writing my book. I’m in the process of revising my dissertation, Exchange in Blood and Organs, into something fit for the reading public. I’ve published a few papers from it already, like this one [pdf] and this one [pdf]. Those are about blood. On organs, one paper should appear later this year in a Russell Sage volume. And right now I’m working hard to revise and resubmit a paper about the determinants of organ procurement rates in the United States.

I plan on finishing the book this fall and spring, when I’ll be on leave at the RSSS in Canberra. Although my advisor wants me to call it The Political Economy of Blood and Guts, it doesn’t look like that title is going to make it to the final round of contenders.

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