Laurent Dobuzinskis

Political Science

Areas of interest

Research and Supervision Fields:


-History of Political and Economic Thought
-Political Economy
-Game Theory
-Philosophy of Social Science
-Policy Studies

Teaching Streams:

-Public Policy and Democratic Governance
-Research Methods and Analysis


  • BA, Sciences–Po (Paris)
  • BA, Université Paris I
  • MA, Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques (Paris)
  • PhD, York University


I have taught and researched a rather wide variety of subjects, but in one way or another they are related to two themes: i) the challenges posed by balancing the roles and responsibilities of government, civil society and markets; and ii) the history of ideas.

Regarding the first theme, I have, over the years, become more concerned with the theoretical controversies surrounding these issues (as compared to the study of empirical questions). As far as the second theme is concerned, I have, in recent years, focused more on political economy and less on epistemology/philosophy of social science, fields in which I worked at the beginning of my career.


2022. "Moral Discourse in the History of Economic Thought." London: Routledge.

2019. “Not Merely Playing: The Subversive Proclivities of Game Theory.” In D. Laycock (ed.) Political Ideology in Parties, Policy, and Civil Society. Vancouver: UBC Press.

2019. “Financial Regulation and Monetary Policy: The Spectre of Government Failure.” In A. Hira, N. Gaillard & T.H. Cohn (eds.), The Failure of Financial Regulation. London: Palgrave.

2018. Policy Analysis in Canada (co-edited with M. Howlett). Bristol, UK: Polity Press.

2014. “Adam Smith and French Political Economy: Parallels and Differences.” In D.F. Hardwick and L. Marsh (eds.) Propriety and Prosperity: New Studies on the Philosophy of Adam Smith. London: Palgrave.

2014. “If Not Left-Libertarianism, then What? A Fourth Way out of the Dilemma Facing Libertarianism.” Cosmos and Taxis 2 (1): 31-47.


Future courses may be subject to change.