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The four nominees for a major Canadian prize for public policy writing were announced this morning.

In the running for the $35,000 Donner Prize are:

- The Politics of Linkage: Power, Interdependence and Ideas in Canada-US Relations, by Brian Bow (UBC Press)

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- 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 Donner Prize was created in 1998 to "recognize and reward the best public policy thinking, writing and research in Canada," according to a press release announcing the nominations.

The winner will be announced at an event in Toronto on April 28. Each of the runners-up will receive $5,000.

Globe Books will be posting excerpts from each of the nominated books later today.

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