Innovation in Real Places: U of T Professor shortlisted for Balsillie Prize for Public Policy

October 13, 2021 by Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy

Dan Breznitz has been nominated for the inaugural Balsillie Prize for Public Policy for his book Innovation in Real Places: Strategies for Prosperity in an Unforgiving World. 

Awarded annually by the Writer’s Trust of Canada, the Balsillie Prize recognizes Canadian non-fiction works that advance/influence “policy debates on a wide range of social, political, economic, or cultural topics relevant to Canadians,” emphasizing their key contributions to public discourse and policymaking. Breznitz is nominated for the inaugural Prize, which boasts an award of $60,000 for the winner and $5,000 for each finalist.  

Breznitz is a leading expert on rapid-innovation-based industries and their globalization. He is a University Professor, serves as the Munk Chair of Innovation Studies and co-director of the Innovation Policy Lab; and co-directs the program on Innovation, Equity and Future of Prosperity as a Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. His other published books include: Innovation and the StateThe Run of the Red Queen, and The Third Globalization. 

In Innovation in Real Places, Breznitz challenges dominant ideas about the essential role of high-tech industries in economic growth, calling on cities to instead find where their advantages actually lie in relation to the global production process.  

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