Joseph Heath Book on Public Policy Shortlisted for Prestigious Donner Prize

Published: April 21, 2021

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Congratulations to Professor Joseph Heath for having his latest book, The Machinery of Government: Public Administration and the Liberal State (Oxford University Press, 2020), shortlisted for the prestigious 2020 Donner Prize. The award, founded in 1998, annually rewards excellence and innovation in public policy writing by Canadians. In bestowing this recognition, the Donner Canadian Foundation seeks to broaden policy debates and make an original and meaningful contribution to policy discourse in service of an ever stronger and more inclusive Canadian democracy. The winner, to be announced on May 19, 2021, will receive $50,000, while each of the four other nominated authors will walk away with $7,500.

In the words of Gregory Belton, the Donner Canadian Foundation’s chair, “After this past year, more Canadians than ever are paying very close attention to policy, and its implementation. Through the lens of the pandemic, people are assessing governments on their ability to serve and protect them efficiently and equitably. The books on this year’s shortlist address key public concerns about how governments should go about: striking the balance between personal liberty and physical security, protecting civil society from the mis-use of digital technologies, raising the administrative efficiency of liberal democracies, limiting climate change and managing the epidemic of drug addiction.” Watch the video to learn more about each of the shortlisted works.

Congratulations to all the authors and best of luck to Professor Heath for the final decision. You can find him quoted in this Toronto Star article on the civil service and democracy.