â€˘The premise of Representation in Action: Canadian MPs in the Constituencies is simple enough: job shadow some MPs, take notes, write a book.
â€˘The authors may not have intended it but their bookâ€™s principal importance is the research methodology. Representation in Action is destined to become a field guide for a generation of students and researchers who want to collect real-world data about parliamentarians.
Labour MP Helen Jones' book is filled with tips for whips and aspiring disciplinarians. Her frank advice is illuminating and fun. The content is easily of interest to a Canadian audience. It makes for a fascinating read for those in the political game.
David Smith is to Canadian legislative studies as Donald Savoie is to the study of Canadian public administration. His latest book, The Constitution in a Hall of Mirrors: Canada at 150, is worth the read.
Letâ€™s cut to the chase: Patrice Dutil's book Prime Ministerial Power in Canada: Its Origins under Macdonald, Laurier, and Borden is for people who are fascinated with historical minutiae about Canadian political and government executives from years ago. If you like reading biographies of Canadian prime ministers, or enjoy finding nuggets such as how the Treasury Board was created, you will like Prime Ministerial Power in Canada.
Leading up to the announcement of the winner of the Donner Prize for best public policy book by a Canadian, The Hill Times is excerpting finalistsâ€™ work. The winner will be announced May 15 in Toronto and receive $50,000.
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