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Athabasca University

Mark Crawford

Associate Professor, Political Science



Welcome. I joined the faculty of Athabasca University in January 2007 as an Assistant Professor in the Political Science Program. I was born in New Westminster, B.C. and went on to graduate from the University of British Columbia with a B.A. (Hons.) in Political Science, and later received advanced degrees from the University of Toronto and the University of Oxford. I worked about five years in the public sector before finally embarking upon an academic career in 2002.

My research agenda draws upon this varied background and builds around three of the great fault-lines of politics within advanced liberal democracies in the early twenty-first century. First, the intersection between the global and the domestic; second, the tension between an activated, post-materialist and increasingly plural citizenry and the growing constraints of neoliberal rules, policies and institutions; and third, the contradiction between the triumph of liberal capitalism and its attendant externalities, market failures and collective action problems. In the context of Canada, this has meant focusing on evolving debates concerning the future of health care, social policy, and the welfare state in a globalizing world.

For more information about Professor Crawford, please visit his web site.

Selected Publications and Presentations

“Abe’s Womenomics Policy, 2013-2020: Tokenism, Gradualism, or Failed Strategy?” The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, Vol. 19, No. 4 (2021).

“Health Care and the Limits of “Progressive” Neoliberalism: Re-Evaluating the Trade-Health Interface”. Revue Interventions Economiques 65 (2021).

“Malcolm Lowry and the End of Communism,” chapter 3 of Remaking the Voyage: New Essays on Malcolm Lowry and In Ballast to the White Sea (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2019), pp.47-60.

“Assessing Policy Capacity for Climate Change Adaptation: Governance Arrangements, Resource Deployments, and Analytical Skills in Canadian Infrastructure Policy Making,” 2013. 30 Review of Policy Research Number 1, pp. 42-65.

“Shifting Mandates and Climate Change Policy Capacity: The Canadian Infrastructure Case,” with Michael Howlett and Jonathan Craft, in Canadian Political Science Review Vol. 6, No. 1 (2012). Special Edition on Assessing Policy Capacity for Climate Change: Sectoral and Comparative Dimensions.

“Pluralism, Institutionalism and the Theories of B.C. Politics.” 2012. B.C. Studies: The British Columbian Quarterly, no.172 Winter 2011/12.

“Transitions to New Governance: NGO and Interest Group Activities in British Columbia,” in Howlett, M., D. Pilon and T. Summerville, eds. British Columbia Politics and Government (Toronto: Emond Montgomery, 2010) pp. 169-187.

“No Watertight Compartments: Trade Agreements, International Health Care Reform, and the Legal Politics of Public Sector Exemptions”, Society and Policy: Journal of Foreign, Public and Global Policy, Vol. 25, no.3 (2006).

"Interactions: Trade Policy and Healthcare Reform After Chaoulli v. Quebec," Healthcare Policy, Vol.1, No.2 (January 2006).

"Truth or Consequences? The Law and Politics of the GATS Health Care Debate," Canadian Foreign Policy, Vol. 12, Nol. 2 (Fall 2005), pp. 97-133.

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