Northern Public Policy Book Review Forum

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. 

Since its founding in 1947, IPAC has espoused and promoted the ideals of public service from coast to coast to coast in Canada as well as around the world. The purpose of the NWT Regional Group is to nurture excellence in public service in the Northwest Territories. One avenue for achieving excellence is through the continual integration of relevant public policy or academic study into the field of public administration. Indeed, public servants and academics are often the key authors and/or readers of such literature. As such, the NWT Regional Group is looking to draw upon its members’ penchant for continual learning and invite book reviews on matters relevant to our fields of study and practice.

At this moment in time, the North has once again become of great cultural interest: as a site of considerable importance to pressing questions of sovereignty; as a key site in the changing face of governance, as a key site in the discourses of climate change; as an untapped and increasingly accessible field of natural resources; as a key site of Canadian policy-making; as a key site of nascent and increasing transportation pathways; and, following the Third International Polar Year activities, as a site of renewed scientific research and funding.

We invite book reviews that address matters of Northern Public Administration and Policy including but not limited to:

  • Northern Governance
  • Policy-making in the North
  • Accountability
  • Performance Management
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Traditional Knowledge and Western Science
  • Leadership
  • Resource Management
  • Risk Management
  • Financial Management
  • The warming North
  • The sovereign North
  • Reconciliation in the North
  • Northern Infrastructure
  • Poverty and the North 


Call for Book Reviews:

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.

Our goal is to publish 18 book reviews per year and disseminate them via the IPAC NWT Regional group email distribution list, the IPAC NWT website and on the website for Policy Options Magazine. Notification of new reviews will also be posted on our Twitter feed. 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 at or 867-669-2598, or, Nick Leeson at or (867) 767-9202 ext. 63048.

Completed Reviews:

  1. August 2014: Michael Asch's On Being Here to Stay: Treaties and Aboriginal Rights in Canada, 2014
  2. September: Taiaiake Alfred's Wasase
  3. October 2014: Charles Emmerson's The Future History of the Arctic
  4. November 2014: David Zussman's Off and Running
  5. December 2014: Donald Savoie's Power: Where Is It?
  6. January 2015: Bourgault and Dunn's Deputy Ministers in Canada: Comparative and Jurisdictional Perspectives
  7. February 2015: Hoare's A Thelon Odyssey: Journal of a Barrenlander and Return to the Barrens
  8. March 2015: Saul's A Fair Country: Telling Truths about Canada
  9. April 2015: Grant's Polar Imperative: A History of Arctic Sovereignty in North America
  10. May 2015: Berdahl, Loleen's Looking West: Regional Transformation and the Future of Canada
  11. June 2015: Ibbitson's The Big Shift: The Seismic Change in Canadian Politics, Business, and Culture and What It Means for Our Future
  12. July 2015: Savoie's Whatever Happened to the Music Teacher?: How Government Decides and Why
  13. July 2015: Atkinson's Governance and Public Policy in Canada: A View from the Provinces
  14. August 2015: Yong and Hazell's Special Advisers: Who they are, what they do and why they matter
  15. September 2015: Book Review: Reconciling Canada
  16. September Bonus Review: Simpler: The Future of Government
  17. October: Capital in the Twenty-First Century
  18. October Bonus Review: Maps and Memes: Redrawing Culture, Place, and Identity in Indigenous Communities
  19. November: Governing Urban Economies: Innovation and Inclusion in Canadian City-Regions
  20. January: Aboriginal Student Engagement and Achievement
  21. February: The End of the Charter Revolution: Looking Back from the New Normal
  22. March: Canada in Cities: The Politics and Policy of Federal-Local Governance
  23. March: Northscapes: History, Technology and the Making of Northern Environments
  24. April: Children of the Broken Treaty: Canada's Lost Promise and One Girl's Dream
  25. May: The Canadian Oral History Reader
  26. June: Where the Rivers Meet
  27. August: Creating Legal Worlds
  28. September: #IdleNoMore and the Remaking of Canada
  29. October: From Treaty Peoples to Treaty Nation: A Road Map for All Canadians

Proposed Book Reviews:

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

  • Thomas O. Hueglin and Alan Fenna's Comparative Federalism: A Systemic Inquiry (edited), 2015.
  • Sherene Razack's Dying from Improvement: Inquests and Inquiries into Indigenous Deaths in Custody, 2015.
  • Donald J. Savoie's What is Government Good At? A Canadian Answer, 2015.
  • John C. Kennedy’s Encounters: An Anthropological History of Southeastern Labrador, 2015.
  • Guy Laforest, Eugénie Brouillet, Alain-G. Gagnon and Yves Tanguay’s (edited) The Constitution That Shaped Us: A Historical Anthropology of Pre-1867 Canadian Constitutions, 2015.
  • G.Bruce Doern, Gaeme Auld, and Christopher Stoney’s Green-lite: Complexity in Fifty Years of Canadian Environmental Policy, Governance, and Democracy, 2015.
  • Dale Gibson’s Law, Life, and Government at Red River, Volume I: Settlement and Governance, 1812-1872, 2015.
  • Jack Hick and Graham White's Made in Nunavut: An Experimentation in Decentralized Government, 2015.
  • D.J. Hall's From Treaties to Reserves: The Federal Govenrment and Native Peoples in Territorial Alberta, 1870-1905, 2015.
  • Christopher Cochrane’s Left and Right: The Small World of Political Ideas, 2015.
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