TORONTO - "Democratizing the Constitution: Reforming Responsible Government" has won the $50,000 Donner Prize.
The award, honouring the best public policy book by a Canadian, was presented Tuesday night by Allan Gotlieb, chairman of the Donner Canadian Foundation.
The winning book was written by Peter Aucoin, Mark D. Jarvis and Lori Turnbull, and was published by Emond Montgomery Publications.
Aucoin, a professor emeritus of political science and public administration at Dalhousie University, died last July. Jarvis is a doctoral candidate at the University of Victoria, while Turnbull is an associate professor in Dalhousie's political science department.
This is the 14th year the Donner has been handed out; the winning book was chosen from 58 submissions.
The other nominees were: "Toward Improving Canada's Skilled Immigration Policy: An Evaluation Approach" by Charles M. Beach, Alan G. Green and Christopher Worswick (C.D. Howe Institute); "Museum Pieces: Toward the Indigenization of Canadian Museums" by Ruth B. Phillips (McGill-Queen's University Press); and "XXL: Obesity and the Limits of Shame" by Neil Seeman and Patrick Luciani (University of Toronto Centre for Public Management). Runners up receive $7,500 apiece.