Laurent Dobuzinskis

Associate Professor

Political Science

Laurent Dobuzinskis

Associate Professor

Political Science


  • B.A., Sciences-Po (Paris)
  • B.A., Université Paris I
  • M.A., Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques (Paris)
  • Ph.D., York University

Research and Supervision Fields

Status: Accepting new graduate students

  • History of Political & Economic Thought 
  • Political Economy
  • Game Theory
  • Philosophy of Social Science
  • Policy Studies

Teaching Streams

  • Public Policy & Democratic Governance
  • Research Methods & Analysis


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.


  • 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.


This instructor is currently not teaching any courses.