The position of chief of staff to a prime minister or premier is among the most powerful roles in government. So when a former chief of staff has something to say we should listen.
•The premise of Representation in Action: Canadian MPs in the Constituencies is simple enough: job shadow some MPs, take notes, write a book.
•The authors may not have intended it but their book’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.
British 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 .
A new book gives hints at where Conservative leader Andrew Scheer ought to tread to beat the Liberals in 2019.
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.
Let’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.
Alex Marland talks about winning the $50,000 Donner Prize for his book, Brand Command: Canadian Politics and Democracy in the Age of Message Control.