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‘We have lost sight of what government is good at’

By Kate Malloy      

Donald Savoie talks about winning this year's Donner Prize for his book, What Is Government Good At?: A Canadian Answer.

Don Savoie: 'I wanted Canadians to deal with the issue—what is government good at—try to sort out the good from bad. The book is a first crack at it. This is a fundamental point of public policy. If we sort out that issue, we can focus on things the government isn’t as good at. If government doesn’t learn to row better, it may not be able to steer the ship at sea.'

Governments are needed for their visionary investments, but they've lost sight of what they're good at and need to address the problem urgently for the sake of public policy and democracy, says Don Savoie who won the prestigious $50,000 Donner Prize for the best public policy book of the year last week in Toronto. One of Canada's leading experts on the machinery of government, Mr. Savoie won the prize, also known as "the Giller for policy wonks," for

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