Linda White

Professor, Department of Political Science
Professor, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy
Room 3061

Department of Political Science, 100 St. George Street

Headshot of Linda White

Current affiliations

  • RBC Chair in Economic and Public Policy

Areas of interest

  • Comparative welfare states
  • Comparative social and family policy
  • Education
  • Gender and public policy
  • Early childhood education and care
  • Maternity and parental leave


Main Bio

Linda White is the RBC Chair in Economic and Public Policy and a Professor of Political Science and the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. Her areas of research include comparative welfare states, comparative social and family policy, particularly education, early childhood education and care, and maternity and parental leave; gender and public policy; ideas, norms, and public policy development; and federalism, law and public policy. She has published extensively on comparative social policy in journals such as Comparative Political Studies, Governance, Journal of European Public Policy, Publius, and Social Politics. She is the author, most recently, of Constructing Policy Change: Early Childhood Education and Care in Liberal Welfare States (UTP, 2017), among other co-authored and co-edited books. She is currently the Principal Investigator of a SSHRC Insight Grant on school choice and education policy; a Co-investigator on a project on education and training responses to the new world of work; and a Co-investigator on a project on the regulatory implications of parents’ perceptions of risk in child care. Professor White obtained her B.A. (Hons.) from the University of Victoria, her M.A. from Queen’s University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto.

Select publications

  • 2020     Davidson, Adrienne, Samantha Burns, Linda A. White, Delaine Hampton, and Michal Perlman. 2020. “Child Care Policy and Child Care Burden: The Distributive Implications of Regulation Decisions.” Forthcoming Journal of Behavioral Public Administration.
  • 2019     Jansen, Alix, Linda A. White, Beth Dhuey, Daniel Foster, and Michal Perlman. “Training and Skills Development Policy Options for the Changing World of Work.” Canadian Public Policy 45(4): 460-482.
  • 2019     Millar, Heather, Adrienne Davidson, and Linda A. White. “Puzzling Publics: The Role of Reflexive Learning in Universal Pre-kindergarten (UPK) Policy Formulation in Canada and the USA.” Public Policy and Administration
  • 2019     Varmuza, Petr, Michal Perlman and Linda A. White. “Understanding Unlicensed Early Childhood Education and Care Utilization in Canada: Implications for Demand and Oversight.” International Journal of Child Care and Education Policy 13(7): 1-22.
  • 2019     Millar, Heather, Matt Lesch, and Linda A. White. “Connecting Models of the Individual and Policy Change Processes: A Research Agenda.” Policy Sciences 52, 1: 97-118.
  • 2019     Prentice, Susan and Linda A. White. “Childcare Deserts and Distributional Disadvantages: The Legacies of Split Childcare Policies and Programmes in Canada.” Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy 35, 1: 59-74 (special issue on recent social policy in Canada and the USA; guest editors Daniel Béland and Alex Wadden).
  • 2018     White, Linda A., Michal Perlman, Adrienne Davidson and Erica Rayment. “Risk Perception, Regulation, and Unlicensed Child Care: Lessons from Ontario.” Journal of Risk Research 22, 7: 878-896.


PPG 2008H
Comparative Public Policy
Pol 351H
Gender and Public Policy
Pol 2318Y
Comparative Public Policy