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Canadian Excellence

Rianne Mahon


email: Rianne Mahon
phone: (519) 884-0710



Recent publications:

Leviathan Undone: Towards a Political Economy of Scale (co-edited with Roger Keil) UBC Press . spring 2009 369 pages

The OECD and Transnational Governance (co-edited with Stephen McBride) UBC Press. Fall 2008 324 pages
“After Neoliberalism? The OECD,The World Bank and the Child” accepted Global Social Policy Januray 2010

Gender Poverty and the Rescaling of Welfare Regimes: Toronto/Canada and Mexico City/Mexico” with Laura Macdonald.  GeoForum 2 2010

Canada’s Early Childhood Education and Care Policies: Still a Laggard?” International Journal of Child Care and Education Policy Volume 3 November 2009

“The OECD’s Discourse on the Reconciliation of Work and Family Life” Global Social Policy 9:2 2009 pp 183-203

“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

“L’OCDE et l’agenda sur la conciliation vie familiale-vie professionnelle: une lutte de modèles” Liens social et politique fall 2008 Special issue on “Concilier vie familiale et vie professionnelle en Europa”  Blanche Le Bihan-Youinou and Claude Martin, eds. pp 59-86
“Childcare and Varieties of Liberalism in Canada” in Neoliberalism and After? Women and Public Policy in Canada Continuity and Change Alexandra Dobrowolsky, ed. Oxford University Press 2009

“Poverty Policy and Politics in Canada and Mexico: ‘Inclusive Liberalism’?” (with Laura Macdonald) in Post Neoliberalism in the Americas: Beyond the Washington Consensus Arne Ruckert and Laura Macdonald, eds  Palgrave MacMillan (2009)

“The Political Economy of Scale: An Introduction” (with R. Keil) in Leviathan Undone  2009

“Of Scalar Hierarchy and Welfare Redesign: Child Care in Four Canadian Cities” in Leviathan Undone?  2009

“Conclusion: Towards an Emancipatory Political Economy of Scale” (with R. Keil) in Leviathan Undone 2009

“State, Place, Scale - Zur politischen Ökonomie räumlixh-gesellschaftlicher Redimensionierung – ein Überblick” (with Roger Keil) in Politics of Scale: Räume der Globalisierung und Perspektiven emanzipatorischer Politik edited by Markus Wissen, Bern Röttger and Susanne Heeg, Münster: Verlag Westfälisches Dampfboot, 2008

“Introduction: The OECD and Transnational Governance” (with Stephen McBride) in The OECD and Transnational Governance UBC Press 2008

“Conclusions” (with Stephen McBride) in The OECD and Transnational Governance 2008

“Babies and Bosses: The Gendering of the OECD’s Social Policy Discourse” in The OECD and Transnational Governance 2008

Current research program:

Early Childhood Development: Travelling Ideas, Complex Translations (PI. SSHRC funding awarded May 2010).

This research programme focuses on the dynamics of social policy reform in the area of early childhood education and care (ECEC), a policy field receiving increasing attention in Canada and across the globe. While domestic concerns – falling fertility rates, population ageing, the care gap produced by women’s rising labour force participation, human capital formation – have contributed to this new prominence, so too has the work of international organisations, such as the Organisational for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the World Bank. How do such organisations understand the respective roles of states, markets, families and communities in promoting ECEC? What impact are they having on policy development and politics in Canada, Mexico and Argentina?