Alexandra Z. Dobrowolsky

Saint Mary's University
Political Science

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Halifax, Nova Scotia
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My work explores various dimensions of citizenship and how they play out in key policy areas (from the courts and constitutionalism, to social policies, and most recently with respect to immigration and multiculturalism). My research traces the nature and effects of shifting policy paradigms in Canada and the United Kingdom from a gender perspective. My current research agenda focuses on the gender, race and class dimensions of recent changes to immigration policy in Canada, at national and sub-national levels, and how these, in turn, can affect multicultural commitments and citizenship norms.

Dobrowolsky, Alexandra 2015. "The Sad but True Story of a Shrinking Equality Opportunity Structure." In Lois Harder amd Steve Patten, Patriation and its Consequences: Constitution Making in Canada. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press.
Dobrowolsky, Alexandra, Catherine Bryan and Pauline Gardiner Barber. 2015. "Choices, Calculations and Committments that Help to Make a Home Away from Home." In The Warmth of the Welcome: Is Atlantic Canada A Home Away from Home for Immigrants. Sydney: Cape Breton University Press.
Dobrowolsky, Alexandra, Evangelia Tastsoglou, and Barbara Cottrell, 2015. "At Home, Down East? Immigration, Integration and Belonging in Atlantic Canada," in The Warmth of the Welcome: Is Atlantic Canada a Home Away from Home for Immigrants. Sydney: Cape Breton University Press.
Dobrowolsky, Alexandra ed., 2015. The Warmth of the Welcome. Is Atlantic Canada a Home Away from Home for Immigrants? Sydney: Cape Breton University Press (co-edited with E. Tastsoglou and B. Cottrell).
Dobrowolsky, Alexandra. 2012. "Nuancing Neoliberalism: Lessons Learned from a Failed Immigration Experiment." Journal of International Migration and Integration (February).
Abstract: This paper contributes to current debate around neoliberalism and subnational developments in Canadian immigration policy. In response to critics of neoliberalism's "promiscuity," scalar and governmentality frameworks are used to analyze the competing choices, calculations, and commitments at stake and the contributions of a range of political actors.
DOI: 10.1007/s12134-012-0234-8
Dobrowolsky, Alexandra, ed. 2009. Women and Public Policy in Canada: Neo-Liberalism and After? Toronto: Oxford University Press.

Substantive Focus:
Governance PRIMARY
Social Policy SECONDARY
Comparative Public Policy

Theoretical Focus:
Agenda-Setting, Adoption, and Implementation PRIMARY
Policy Analysis and Evaluation SECONDARY