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December 10, 2016
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Political Science

Dr. Anderson's book reviewed in B.C. Studies

Apr 24/13

Dr. Anderson's recent book, Canadian Liberalism and the Politics of Border Control, 1867-1967, was recently reviewed in the scholarly journal, B.C. Studies, by one of Canada's preeminent Canadian politics scholars, Reg Whitaker.  

Among other things, Dr. Whitaker notes:

"Anderson is at his best in depicting the interactive dynamics of this contest, and how the apparent ascendancy of one discourse spawns contradictions that reconfigure the policy field. For instance, Liberal Nationalist controls breed more controls until Liberal Internationalism inevitably reasserts itself through judicial intervention or aroused public opinion. Conversely, heavier emphasis on the rights of non-citizens breeds Liberal Nationalist counterattacks to reassert national sovereignty. Anderson offers a guide that stands outside the day-to-day ideological fray, which is a very useful contribution .... [B]y reaching for and largely achieving “big picture” analytical clarity, the author has made a major contribution to Canadian immigration studies."

Congratulations Dr. Anderson!

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