The Donner Prize - The Award for the Best Book on Canadian Public Policy

Shortlist 2016/17

L'intégration des services en santé: Une approche populationnelle

L'intégration des services en santé: Une approche populationnelle

by Yves Couturier, Lucie Bonin & Louise Belzile (Les Presses de l’Université de Montréal)

Throughout advanced countries, innovative solutions are being sought to better meet the needs of individuals for social services and health care. The authors argue we should move toward an “integrated” system based on emphasizing the needs of patients rather than the requirements of the social and health systems. This book brings together valuable information at the cutting edge of international conceptual models, arguing that health and well-being are common public policy concerns, and are the responsibility of everyone – not just caregivers.

Yves Couturier holds the Canada Research Chair in Professional Practice for the Integration of Gerontology Services at the Université de Sherbrooke.

Lucie Bonin is a specialist in public health and preventive medicine and is a recognized innovator in service integration and population outreach.

Louise Belzile is a social worker whose work focuses on the use of standardized multi-dimensional clinical tools in the context of integrating services for seniors with loss of functional autonomy.

Priests of Prosperity: How Central Bankers Transformed the Postcommunist World

Priests of Prosperity: How Central Bankers Transformed the Postcommunist World

by Juliet Johnson (Cornell University Press)

Priests of Prosperity is an analytical study of the evolution of central banking in postcommunist countries, exploring the unsung revolutionary campaign to move from command-economy cash cows into Western-style monetary guardians. This book argues that a powerful transnational central banking community concentrated in Western Europe and North America integrated postcommunist bankers to shape their ideas about the role of central banks and to help them develop modern tools of banking.

Juliet Johnson is Professor of Political Science at McGill University and the author of A Fistful of Rubles: The Rise and Fall of the Russian Banking System.

From Treaty Peoples to Treaty Nation: A Road Map for All Canadians

"A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age"

by Daniel J. Levitin (Allen Lane Canada, Penguin Random House Canada)

We are bombarded with information each day, and it's becoming harder to separate the wheat from the digital chaff. How do we distinguish misinformation, pseudo-facts, distortions and outright lies from reliable information? Infoliteracy means understanding that there are hierarchies of source quality and bias that distort our information feeds via every media channel, including social media. This book is a compelling guide to better understand our information overload in the digital age of profuse personal and social expression.

Daniel J. Levitin is the James McGill Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at McGill University, and the author of This is your Brain on Music, The World in Six Songs and The Organized Mind.

Brand Command: Canadian Politics and Democracy in the Age of Message Control

by Alex Marland (UBC Press)

The pursuit of political power is strategic as never before. Brand Command demonstrates the power of branding and marketing in Canada’s democracy, arguing that political parties and governments are beholden to the same marketing principles used by the world’s largest corporations. Marland asserts that branding demands repetition of spoken, written and visual messages, predetermined by the leader’s inner circles and has penetrated parliamentary democracy in Canada.

Alex Marland is a leading researcher of political communication and marketing in Canada, and an Associate Professor of Political Science and an Associate Dean of Arts at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

A Good Death

A Good Death: Making the Most of Our Final Choices

by Sandra Martin (HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.)

Modern death has become a wrenching political dilemma, one that grows more pressing as the population ages. A Good Death confronts our fears about dying, our struggle for meaning, and our dread of being trapped by voracious medical technology in a nightmare world that has abandoned caring in pursuit of curing, no matter the cost or the suffering to patients and their families. A Good Death asks the tough question none of us can avoid: How do we want to die?

Sandra Martin, an award-winning journalist and broadcaster, writes the Long Goodbye column for The Globe and Mail. Her previous books include Working the Dead Beat: 50 Lives that Changed Canada and The First Man in My Life: Daughters Write about Their Fathers.