Linda White

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  • Canadian Government
  • Public Policy
  • Comparative Politics


  • B.A., University of Victoria
  • M.A., Queen's University
  • Ph.D., University of Toronto

Linda White

Associate Professor


Linda White is an Associate Professor of Political Science and the School of Public Policy and Governance, and is an affiliate of the Centre for the Study of the United States. Her areas of research include comparative welfare states, comparative social and family policy, particularly 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 is the author of the forthcoming book, Constructing Policy Change: Early Childhood Education and Care in Liberal Welfare States (University of Toronto Press). She is the Principal Investigator (with Co-Investigators Clark Banack, Jim Farney, and Phil Triadafilopoulos) of a five-year SSHRC-funded project, The Politics of School Choice: How Financing and Governance Affect Equality of Access in 21st Century Canadian Education Systems. 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, Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, Journal of European Public Policy, Publius, and the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism. She is the 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 Peter Graefe and Julie Simmons) of Overpromising and Underperforming Understanding and Evaluating New Intergovernmental Accountability Regimes (UTP, 2013) and the co-editor with Richard Simeon, Robert Vipond, and Jennifer Wallner of The Comparative Turn in Canadian Politics (UBC Press, 2008). 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.

Research Interests

  • Comparative Welfare States
  • Social and Family Policy
  • Gender and Public Policy
  • Ideas, Norms, and Policy Development
  • Federalism, Law, and Public Policy

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