Donner Prize Announces the 2022 Shortlist

April 11, 2023

Gregory Belton, Chair of the Donner Canadian Foundation, today announced the shortlist for the 2022 Donner Prize, the award recognizing the best public policy book by a Canadian.

“As we celebrate the extraordinary 25th anniversary of this great prize, it’s wonderful to look back on the 124 books of public policy that the Prize has shone a spotlight on with its shortlists and winners. These books, authors, and ideas have become part of the national conversation.”

The prestigious Donner Prize, founded in 1998, annually rewards excellence and innovation in public policy writing by Canadians. In bestowing this award, the Donner Canadian Foundation seeks to broaden policy debates, and to make an original and meaningful contribution to policy discourse, all of which will contribute to an even stronger and more inclusive Canadian democracy. In this 25th anniversary year, the grand prize has been increased to $60,000.

This year’s Donner Prize shortlist titles were chosen from books published during the calendar year 2022. The winner will receive $60,000 while each of the four other nominated authors will receive $7,500.

Donner Shortlist 2022

 The 2022 Donner Prize finalists are:

  • Cooperation and Social Justice by Joseph Heath (University of Toronto Press)
  • Dream States: Smart Cities, Technology, and the Pursuit of Urban Utopias by John Lorinc (Coach House Books)
  • Booze, Cigarettes and Constitutional Dust-Ups: Canada’s Quest for Interprovincial Free Trade by Ryan Manucha (McGill-Queen’s University Press)
  • The Next Age of Uncertainty: How the World Can Adapt to a Riskier Future by Stephen Poloz (Allen Lane Canada)
  • Canadian Policing: Why and How It Must Change by Kent Roach (Delve Books)

The 2022 Donner Prize will be presented at a gala dinner in Toronto on May 18, 2023.

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