Book Review

Monday July 11, 2022

Book Review

March 15, 2017

You will review one of the following books (available in the bookstore). Please note that the Bird, Slack & Tassonyi will not be available in the bookstore until January 30, 2017.


You must inform the instructor of your choice on or before February 9. Enter your choice at:




Bird, Richard, Enid Slack and Almos Tassonyi. A Tale of Two Taxes: Property Tax Reform in Ontario. Cambridge: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 2012.


Blais, Pamela. Perverse Cities: Hidden Subsidies, Wonky Policy, and Urban Sprawl. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2010.


Fischel, William. The Homevoter Hypothesis: How Home Values Influence Local Government Taxation, School Finance, and Land-Use Policies. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2001.




A good book review will do the following:


  • Have a descriptive title that conveys your opinion of the book.
  • Summarize the author’s core arguments and concepts.
  • Describe the methods used by the author to reach his or her conclusions.
  • Assess whether the arguments and analysis are convincing.
  • Evaluate how well the evidence (information and data) supports the theoretical claims made.
  • Explain how the book applies to municipalities in Canada and/or Ontario.
  • Above all, explain the book to people who have not read it and may not be familiar with the ideas in it.


There is NO need to do any outside research. Evaluate the book on its own terms.


Length: 6 pages


Citation: Please cite sources, including page numbers, for all ideas and direct quotations. Use the standard Author-Date style for in-text citation. No bibliography is required because you are only citing the one book!


Format: All assignments must be double-spaced on letter-sized paper with one-inch margins. Please use 12-point Times, Cambria, or equivalent font. No cover sheet is necessary. Put your name, student number, course code, date, and a title at the top of the first page.




The assignment will be evaluated based on the following criteria:


Summary of the book: a clear, complete and concise summary of the author’s core arguments, concepts, and methods. 7 points
Quality of evaluation: well-reasoned statement as to whether the book is convincing and if the evidence supports the author’s theoretical claims 7 points
Writing style: well written, clear flow, no spelling mistakes 3 points
Format: Title indicates book chosen and conveys evaluation of the book

Proper text and citation formatting

3 points
TOTAL 20 points


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