The Democracy Cookbook

Recipes to Renew Governance in Newfoundland and Labrador

Alex Marland (Editor), Lisa Moore (Editor)

The Democracy Cookbook is a collection of short and snappy, non-partisan opinion pieces authored by a cross-section of opinion leaders, academics, creative writers and other citizens. It also features some politically-themed poetry and food recipes. A unique form of grassroots mobilization, the book brings together a wide variety of voices to speak to the matter of “fixing” democratic governance in Newfoundland and Labrador after a period of acute political turmoil. It can be a useful model for jurisdictions across Canada and for small polities worldwide seeking to engage the public in debate about how democratic structures and processes should evolve. The Democracy Cookbook promises to stir up conversations around cabinet tables and kitchen tables alike. 

“Democratic reform is badly needed in our province as recent events show. This is of great importance to all members of the public.”

-John Crosbie, PC, ON, ONL, QC


“A vital, engaging, and accessible contribution to public discourse in the province… easy to read and accessible”

-Louise Carbert, Associate Professor, Political Science, Dalhousie University


“It is not common to think either of cookbooks or books on politics as exhilarating – in reality or metaphorically. Yet when the approaches are combined (with actual recipes), as in The Democracy Cookbook, the result is indisputably informative and engrossing. Marland and Moore’s innovative treatment deserves emulation.”

-David E. Smith, Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Politics and Public Administration, Ryerson University

ISERBooks. Softcover. 390 pages. ISBN 978-1-894725-43-9 (Open Access PDF, forthcoming), 978-1-894725-44-6 (Paperback). $25.00.

$25.0 CAD

Subjects: Culture, Politics, and Identity