Linda White

Interim Director of the School of Public Policy and Governance; Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Policy




Department of Political Science, Room 3030, 100 St. George Street



Areas of research include comparative social and family policy, particularly early childhood education and care and maternity/parental leave; gender and public policy; comparative welfare states; ideas, norms, and public policy development; and federalism, law and public policy.  Currently completing a project that analyzes the expansion early childhood education and care policies in liberal welfare states.  She has published extensively on comparative social policy in journals such as Canadian Journal of Political Science, Canadian Public Policy, Comparative Political Studies, French Politics, Governance, International Journal of Constitutional Law, International Political Science Review, Journal of European Public Policy (with Ailsa Henderson), and the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism.  She is the co-editor with Peter Graefe and Julie Simmons of Overpromising and Underperforming? Understanding and Evaluating New Intergovernmental Accountability Regimes(2013), co-author with Jacquetta A. Newman of Women, Politics, and Public Policy: The Political Struggles of Canadian Women (Oxford U.P. Canada, 2006; 2012), the co-editor with Richard Simeon, Robert Vipond, and Jennifer Wallner of The Comparative Turn in Canadian Politics (UBC Press, 2008), and the co-editor, with Peter H. Russell, François Rocher, and Debra Thompson of Essential Readings in Canadian Government and Politics (Emond Montgomery, 2010).

Research interests

Comparative social and family policy, particularly early childhood education and care and maternity/parental leave gender and public policy
Comparative welfare states
Ideas, norms, and public policy development
Federalism, law and public policy


Ph. D – University of Toronto (1998)

M.A. – Queen’s University (1991)

B.A – University of Victoria (1989)

Awards and distinctions

Fulbright Faculty Award for research in the United States, Georgetown Public Policy Institute, Washington, D. C., January-August 2004
Postdoctural Fellowship, Halbert Centre for Canadian Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, December 1997-July 1998

selected publications

2014 “Federalism and Equality Rights Implementation in Canada.” Publius: The Journal of Federalism 44, 1: 157-182.

2014 “Understanding Canada’s Lack of Progress in Implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: The Intergovernmental Dynamics of Children’s Policy Making in Canada.” International Journal of Children’s Rights 22: 164-188.

2012 “Must We All Be Paradigmatic? Social Investment Policies and Liberal Welfare States.” Canadian Journal of Political Science, Vol. 45, No. 3: 657-683.

2012 (with Martha Friendly). “Public Funding, Private Delivery: States, Markets, and Early Childhood Education and Care in Liberal Welfare States—Australia, the UK, Quebec, and New Zealand.”  Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice 14, 4: 292-310.

2011. “The Internationalization of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) Issues: Framing Gender Justice and Child Well-being.” Governance: An International Journal of Policy, Administration and Institutions 24, 2: 285-309.


The Policy Process
Comparative Public Policy (Ph. D. Course)
Politics and Policy Analysis
Governance and Institutions


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