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Brian Bow's analysis of the complex relationship between Canada and the United States has been awarded the 2009/2010 Donner Prize for the best book on Canadian public policy.

The judges named The Politics of Linkage: Power, Interdependence and Ideas in Canada-U.S. Relations (UBC Press) the winner of the $35,000 award at an event in Toronto Wednesday night.

"This book is of great importance not only for a better understanding of the exceptional history of Canada-United States relationships but also to see the need to adapt Canadian negotiations strategies to the new and more complex context," the judges stated in a press release.

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Bow is an associate professor of political science at Dalhousie University and the Fulbright Visiting Research Chair at Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

Bow's book was up against three other finalists:

  • Who Owns the Arctic? Understanding Sovereignty Disputes in the North, by Michael Byers (Douglas & McIntyre)
  • A Thousand Dreams: Vancouver's Downtown Eastside and the Fight for Its Future, by Larry Campbell, Neil Boyd & Lori Culbert (Greystone Books)
  • Branding Canada: Projecting Canada's Soft Power through Public Diplomacy, by Evan H. Potter (McGill-Queen's University Press)

The runners-up each received $5,000.

The Donner Prize was established in 1998 to reward "excellence and innovation in Canadian public policy thinking, writing and research."

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