Northern Public Affairs

IPAC NWT – Northern Public Policy Book Review Forum

Attention Northern policy professionals!
Reading any interesting books these days? If the answer is yes, then the IPAC NWT Regional Group wants you! The NWT Regional Group has established a Northern Public Policy Book Review Forum and is looking for prospective authors to complete book reviews on any works (books, theses or dissertations) with implications for Public Servants, Public Service and Public Policy in the NWT in particular.

Here are some books immediately available for review (ask Christian for a copy):

-Karlo Basta, John McGarry, and Richard Simeon’s (edited) Territorial Pluralism: Managing Difference in Multinational States, 2015.

-Yale Belanger & P. Whitney Lackenbauer’s (edited) Blockades or Breakthroughs? Aboriginal Peoples Confronting the Canadian State, 2014.

-Christopher Moore’s The Court of Appeal for Ontario: Defining the Right of Appeal, 1792-2013, 2014.

-Luc Turgeon, Martin Papillon, Jennifer Wallner and Stephen White (edited) Comparing Canada: Methods and Perspectives on Canadian Politics, 2014.

-Michael Howlett’s Canadian Public Policy: Selected Studies in Process and Style, 2013.

-James Cairns and Alan Sears’s The Democratic Imagination: Envisioning Popular Power in the Twenty-First Century, 2012.

-Eisenberg, Webber, Coulthard and Boisselle’s (edited) Recognition versus Self-Determination, 2014.

-Shelley Wright’s Our Ice Is Vanishing / Sikuvut Nunguliqtuq, 2014.

-Elisabeth Gidengil & Heather Bastedo’s Canadian Democracy from the Ground Up: Perceptions and Performance, 2014.

-Derek H. Burney & Fen Osler Hampson’s Brave New Canada: Meeting the Challenge of a Changing World, 2014.

-Jennifer Henderson and Pauline Wakeham’s (edited) Reconciling Canada: Critical Perspectives on the Culture of Redress, 2013.

-Katherine A.H. Graham and Caroline Andrew’s Canada in Cities: The Politics and Policy of Federal-Local Governance, 2014.


Here are some books that may be interesting to review (if you commit to reviewing one of these or an unlisted book, Christian can order it for you, please contact him):

-Cass Sunstein’s Wiser: Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter, 2014.

-Steven Pinker’s The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century, 2014.
-Ian Leslie’s Curious: The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends on It, 2014.

-Daniel J. Levitin’s The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Overload, 2014.

Our goal is to publish 12 book reviews per year and disseminate them via the IPAC NWT Regional group email distribution list. This will be accomplished through a combination of commissioned reviews and welcomed proposals. Prospective authors are invited to submit 900 word reviews, accompanied by a brief biographical note. Reviews should cover the following: a brief synopsis of the book reviewed, a critical review of its value, its implications for Public Servants, Public Service and Public Policy in the NWT in particular, and be written in clear and non-technical language wherever possible. Authors are encouraged to use the Oxford Canadian Dictionary as the preferred reference.

All book reviews are subject to editorial review, with changes approved by the author. Reviews must be non-partisan and aligned with the mandate of the IPAC NWT Regional group. Moreover, accepted reviews will feature a disclaimer indicating that the views and opinions expressed in the article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the policy or position of IPAC. Accepted reviews may be republished in IPAC’s Public Sector Management magazine or the Northern Public Affairs magazine; in either case, copyright will remain with the author. Please direct proposals and queries to Christian Bertelsen, Treasurer, IPAC NWT Regional Group, at christian.bertelsen@cannor.gc.caor 867-669-2598.

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