Mahon, Rianne Cluster Member

Current position(s), Institution
Professor and Director, Institute of Political Economy
Fields of expertise
  • Rescaling the state and politics;
  • Child care policy in Sweden
Publications related to European/EU Studies
  • "Swedish Social Democracy: Death of a Model?" 2007 New Political Economy 12:1
  • “Child Care Policy: Toward What kind of ‘Social Europe’?” Social Politics 9:3 2002
  • “Standardizing and Disseminating Knowledge: The Role of the OECD in Global Governance” (with Stephen McBride) European Political Science Review 1:1 2009 pp 83-101
  • The OECD and Transnational Governance (co-edited with Stephen McBride) UBC Press. Fall 2008
Open to media contact
Balsillie School of International Affairs, 67 Erb Street West, Waterloo, Ontario, N2L 6C2
Office Phone Number
(226) 772-3152
Other important publications
  • Leviathan Undone: Towards a Political Economy of Scale (co-edited with Roger Keil) UBC Press. In press. Spring 2009
  • “Varieties of Liberalism: Canadian Social Policy from the ‘Golden Age’ to the Present” Social Policy and Administration 42:4 2008 pp 342-361
  • “Challenging National Regimes from Below: Toronto Child Care Politics” Gender and Politics 3:1 2007 p 55-78
Education and professional achievements
  • BA (Hons) Political Science, York University 1970
  • MA Political Science, University of Toronto 1971
  • Ph.D. Political Science, University of Toronto, 1977
  • John Porter Publication Prize (Carleton) 1983
  • University of Auckland Distinguished Visitor awarded October 2001
  • Hilda Neatby Prize for best publication in women’s history published in Canada, 2000
  • Davidson Dunton Research Achievement lecture, 2001
  • Research achievement award Faculty of Public Affairs, 2009-04-23
  • Kerstin Hesselgren Visiting Professorship, Uppsala University for 2009-2010
Courses taught
  • MA – Theories of Political Economy
  • MA/PhD – comparing Social Policies
  • PhD Public Policy analysis
Fluent spoken languages
English, Swedish
Fluent written languages
Rianne Mahon holds the CIGI chair in comparative family and social policy at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo. Her earlier work focused on unions and labour market restructuring in Canada and Sweden. Over the past decade she has produced numerous articles and book chapters on the politics of childcare at multiple scales. Dr. Mahon's current SSHRC funded research project looks at policy learning in a multi-scalar world: Canada, Korea, Sweden and the OECD’s reconciliation agenda ($87,034). As part of this project, she is working with Australian, British and Swedish colleagues on care in a globalizing world from a multi-scalar perspective.



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