Linda White

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




Department of Political Science, Room 3061, 100 St. George Street



Linda White is an RBC Chair in Economic and Public Policy and a Professor of Political Science and at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto. 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 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 the future of work and educational and policy responses (; 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.

Recent Publications:

2018      Millar, Heather, Matt Lesch, and Linda A. White. “Connecting Models of the Individual and Policy Change Processes: A Research Agenda.” Policy Sciences

2018      Prentice, Susan and Linda A. White. “The Legacies of Childcare and Family Policies in Canada: Distributional Disadvantages.” Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy (special issue; guest editors Daniel Béland and Alex Waddan).

 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

2017      White, Linda A. “Which Ideas, Whose Norms? Comparing the Relative Influence of IOs on Paid Maternity/Parental Policies in Liberal Welfare States.” Social Politics 24, 1: 55-80.

2016      Skogstad, Grace and Linda A. White. Special Symposium Issue on Richard Simeon’s ‘Studying Public Policy. Canadian Journal of Political Science 49, 4 (December).


PPG 2008H Comparative Public Policy

Pol 351H Gender and Public Policy (Pol undergrad course)

Pol 2318Y Comparative Public Policy (Pol Ph. D. Course)

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