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University of Toronto
Public policy – comparative social and family policy, including education policy, early childhood education and care, and maternity / parental leave; gender and public policy Comparative politics – comparative welfare states; ideas, norms and public policy development Canadian politics – federalism, law and public policy
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About Me

Linda A. White is a 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, all at the University of Toronto. 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. 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


2017   White, Linda A. Constructing Policy Change: Early Childhood Education and Care in Liberal Welfare States. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

 2013    Graefe, Peter, Julie Simmons, and Linda A. White, eds.  Overpromising and Underperforming? Understanding and Evaluating New Intergovernmental Accountability Regimes. Toronto: University of Toronto Press: 339 pages.

2012    Newman, Jacquetta A. and Linda A. White. Women, Politics, and Public Policy: The Political Struggles of Canadian Women. 2nd ed. (1st ed. 2006) Toronto: Oxford University Press Canada: 399 pages.

2008    White, Linda A., Richard Simeon, Robert Vipond and Jennifer Wallner, eds. The Comparative Turn in Canadian Politics. Vancouver: UBC Press: 309 pages.

Journal articles:

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. “Revisiting Richard Simeon’s ‘Studying Public Policy’.” Introduction to the Symposium Issue. Canadian Journal of Political Science 49, 4: 665-679 (not refereed).

2016    White, Linda A. and Susan Prentice. “Early Childhood Education and Care Reform in Canadian Provinces: Understanding the Role of Experts and Evidence in ECEC Policy Change in Canadian Provinces.” Canadian Public Administration 59, 1: 26-44.

2015    White, Linda A., Adrienne Davidson, Heather Millar, Milena iPandy, and Juliana Yi. “Policy Logics, Framing Strategies, and Policy Change: Lessons from Universal Pre-K Policy Debates in California and Florida.” Policy Sciences 48, 4: 395-413.

2015    White, Linda A., Susan Prentice, and Michal Perlman. “The Evidence Base for Early Childhood Education and Care Program Investment: What We Know, What We Don’t Know.” Evidence and Policy 11, 4: 529-546.

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

2014    White, Linda A. “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.


Media Coverage

Op eds:

2017    Farney, Jim, Clark Banack, and Linda A. White. “Current Needs, Not Past Practice, Should Inform School Choice Debate.” Regina Leader-Post (5 May). Online:

2016    Prentice, Susan, Linda A. White and Martha Friendly. “Beyond Baby Steps: Planning for a National Child Care System.” Policy Options (19 July). Online:

2015    White, Linda A. “Facebook Chief’s Charity is Unkind to Democracy.” Toronto Star op-ed (14 December). Online:

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