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Daniel Béland PhD, MA, BA JSGS Faculty, U of S

Professor and Canada Research Chair in Public Policy, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, and Associate Member, Department of Sociology, University of Saskatchewan

Address
Rm 150, 101 Diefenbaker Place, Saskatoon, S7N 5B8

Areas of Interest

  • Comparative public policy
  • Fiscal policy
  • Social policy
  • Political sociology
  • Historical and comparative sociology

About

A political sociologist studying public policy from an historical and comparative perspective, Daniel Béland has published 16 books and more than 110 peer-reviewed journal articles. Professor Béland has held visiting fellowships at the University of Chicago, Harvard University, George Washington University, the University of Helsinki, the University of Southern Denmark, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He currently serves as the editor (French) of the Canadian Journal of Sociology, the co-editor of the journal Global Social Policy, and as president of the Research Committee 19 (Poverty, Social Welfare and Social Policy) of the International Sociological Association. In addition to his academic work and service, since joining the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School back in 2008, Professor Béland has participated in training sessions for civil servants, provided policy advice to federal and provincial officials, and testified in front of the Standing Committee on Finance of the House of Commons and the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance. He has also been quoted in major newspapers and is regularly asked to give radio and television interviews on key policy and political issues.

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Designations

  • PhD in Political Sociology, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris)
  • MA in Sociology, Université du Québec à Montréal
  • BA in Sociology, Université du Québec à Montréal  

Recent Grants/Awards

Recent Awards and Honors

  • Canada Research Chair Tier 1 (2012-2019)
  • NICE Welfare, Syddansk Universitet 2020 Program [European Union funding]
  • Committee Chair, Charles H. Levine Memorial Book Prize (2013)
  • Jury Member, Canadian Political Science Association Prize in Comparative Politics (2012)
  • Jury Member, Best Premier of the Last 40 Years, Institute for Research on Public Policy (2012)
  • Featured in the Canadian Who's Who 2012 (University of Toronto Press, 2012)
  • Featured in the Canadian Who's Who 2011 (University of Toronto Press, 2011)
  • Visiting Professor, University of Helsinki and University of Southern Denmark (April-June 2011)
  • Featured in the online Dictionary of Eminent Social Scientists: Autobiographies (2010)
  • Elected Member, National Academy of Social Insurance (Washington, DC) (2008)
  • Public Policy Scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (2008)

Recent Research Funding

  • Co-Investigator, SSHRC Insight Grant (2017-2020)
  • Principal Investigator, SSHRC Insight Grant (2014-2017)
  • Principal Investigator, SSHRC Standard Research Grant (2008-2012)

Select Publications

Peer-Reviewed Books and Edited Volumes (since 2008)

  • Daniel Béland, André Lecours, Gregory P. Marchildon, Haizhen Mou, and Rose Olfert (2017), Fiscal Federalism and Equalization Policy in Canada: Political and Economic Dimensions. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
  • Daniel Béland and Rianne Mahon (2017), Advanced Introduction to Social Policy. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Daniel Béland, Philip Rocco and Alex Waddan, (2016), Obamacare Wars: Federalism, State Politics, and the Affordable Care Act. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas.
  • Daniel Béland and Pierre-Marc Daigneault (eds.) (2015), Welfare Reform in Canada: Provincial Social Assistance in Comparative Perspective. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
  • Daniel Béland, Christopher Howard, and Kimberly J. Morgan (eds) ( 2014), The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Social Policy. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Daniel Béland, Gregory P. Marchildon and Evert A. Lindquist (eds.) (2014), “Universal Social Policy in Canada in Historical Perspective,” Special issue of Canadian Public Administration, 57(3): 339-435.
  • Daniel Béland and François Vergniolle de Chantal (eds) (2014), “L’État en Amérique: nouveaux regards,” Revue française de science politique, 64(2): 191-287.
  • Daniel Béland and Klaus Petersen (eds) (2014), Analysing Social Policy Concepts and Language: Comparative and Transnational Perspectives. Bristol: Policy Press.
  • Michael Atkinson, Daniel Béland, Gregory Marchildon, Kathleen McNutt, Peter Phillips and Ken Rasmussen. 2013. Governance and Public Policy in Canada: A View from the Provinces. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
  • Daniel Béland and Robert Henry Cox (eds) (2013), “The Politics of Policy Paradigms.” Special Issue of Governance [26(2): 193-328].
  • Daniel Béland and Alex Waddan (2012), The Politics of Policy Change: Welfare, Medicare, and Social Security Reform in the United States. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press.
  • Daniel Béland and Kathrin Komp (eds) (2012), “Balancing Protection and Productivity: International Perspectives on Social Policies for Older People.” Special Issue of the International Journal of Social Welfare [20(S1): S1-S130]:
  • Daniel Béland and Robert H. Cox (eds) (2011), Ideas and Politics in Social Science Research. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Daniel Béland (2010), What is Social Policy? Understanding the Welfare State. Cambridge: Polity Press.
  • Daniel Béland and André Lecours (2008), Nationalism and Social Policy: The Politics of Territorial Solidarity. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Daniel Béland and Brian Gran (eds) (2008). Public and Private Social Policy: Health and Pension Policies in a New Era. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals (since 2010)

  • Michal Koreh and Daniel Béland (2017), “The Fiscal Path to the State of Israel: Social Policy and State Building in the Yishuv during the Mandate,” Israel Studies, 22(2): 145-168.
  • Daniel Béland (2017), “Identity, Politics, and Public Policy,” Critical Policy Studies, 11(1): 1-18.
  • Philip Rocco, Andrew S. Kelly, Daniel Béland and Michael Kinane (2017), “The New Politics of US Health Care Prices: Institutional Reconfiguration and the Emergence of All-Payer Claims Databases,” Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, 42(1): 5-52.
  • Daniel Béland and André Lecours (2016), “Ideas, Institutions, and the Politics of Federalism and Territorial Redistribution,” Canadian Journal of Political Science, 49(4): 681-701.
  • Daniel Béland (2016), “Ideas and Institutions in Social Policy Research,” Social Policy & Administration, 50(6): 734-750.
  • Iga Kozlowska, Daniel Béland and André Lecours (2016), “Nationalism, Religion, and Abortion Policy in Four Catholic Societies,” Nations & Nationalism, 22(4): 824-844.
  • Daniel Béland, Philip Rocco and Alex Waddan (2016), “The Affordable Care Act and the Politics of Universal Health Insurance Coverage in the United States,” Social Policy & Administration, 50(4): 428-451.
  • Daniel Béland and Valéry Ridde (2016), “Ideas and Policy Implementation: Understanding the Resistance against Free Health Care in Africa,” Global Health Governance, X(3): 10-23.
  • Daniel Béland (2016), “Kingdon Reconsidered: Ideas, Interests and Institutions in Comparative Policy Analysis,” Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, 18(3): 228-242.
  • Daniel Béland and Michael Howlett (2016), “How Solutions Chase Problems: Instrument Constituencies in the Policy Process,” Governance, 29(3): 393-409.
  • Daniel Béland and Robert Henry Cox (2016), “Ideas as Coalition Magnets: Coalition Building, Policy Entrepreneurs, and Power Relations,” Journal of European Public Policy, 23(3): 428-445.
  • Daniel Béland, Philip Rocco and Alex Waddan (2016), “Reassessing Policy Drift: Social Policy Change in the United States,” Social Policy & Administration, 50(2): 201-218.
  • Daniel Béland and André Lecours (2016). “The 2014 Scottish Referendum and the Nationalism-Social Policy Nexus: A Comparative Perspective,” Canadian Political Science Review, 10(1): 1-30.
  • Kathleen McNutt and Daniel Béland (2015), “Implementing an Integrated Governance Strategy: The Quest for Gender Mainstreaming in Canada,” American Review of Canadian Studies, 45(4): 467-485.
  • Pierre-Marc Daigneault and Daniel Béland (2015), “Taking Explanation Seriously in Political Science,” Political Studies Review, 13(3): 384-392 [more]. 
  • Daniel Béland and Alex Waddan (2015), “Breaking Down Ideas and Institutions: The Politics of Tax Policy in the U.S. and the U.K.,” Policy Studies, 36(2): 176-195 [more].
  • Daniel Béland, Philip Rocco, and Alex Waddan (2015), “Polarized Stakeholders and Institutional Vulnerabilities: The Enduring Politics of the Affordable Care Act,” Clinical Therapeutics, 37(4): 720-726 [more].
  • Daniel Béland (2015), “The Segmented Third Rail: The Politics of Social Security from Carter to Obama,” The Forum, 13(1): 19-36 [more].
  • Daniel Béland, Paula Blomqvist, Jørgen Goul Andersen, Joakim Palme and Alex Waddan (2014), “The Universal Decline of Universality? Social Policy Change in Canada, Denmark, Sweden, and the UK,” Social Policy & Administration, 48(7): 739-756 [more].
  • Daniel Béland and Alex Waddan (2014), “Fédéralisme, logiques partisanes et mise en œuvre de la réforme de l’assurance maladie aux États-Unis,” Politique américaine, n° 23: 93-109 [more].
  • Lijian Wang Daniel Béland, Sifeng Zhang (2014), “Pension Financing in China: Is There a Looming Crisis?” China Economic Review, 30(3): 143-154 [more].
  • Lijian Wang and Daniel Béland (2014), “Assessing the Financial Sustainability of China’s Rural Pension  System,” Sustainability, 6(6): 3271-3290. [full text]
  • Daniel Béland and Klaus Petersen (2014), “Velfærdsstatens semantik: Komparative og trans- nationale perspektiver,” Temp: tidsskrift for historie, nº8: 130-146. [full text]
  • Daniel Béland and Alex Waddan (2014), “Policy change in flat pensions: Comparing Canada and the UK,” Canadian Public Administration, 57(3): 383-400. [more]
  • Daniel Béland (2014), “Developing Sustainable Urban Transportation: Lesson Drawing and the Framing of Montreal’s Bikesharing Policy,” International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 34(7/8): 545-558. [more]
  • Daniel Béland and André Lecours (2014), “Fiscal Federalism and American Exceptionalism: Why is There no Federal Equalisation System in the United States?” Journal of Public Policy, 34(2): 303-329. [more]
  • Daniel Béland and Alex Waddan (2014), “Conservatives, Partisan Dynamics, and the Politics of Universality: Reforming Universal Social Programmes in the United Kingdom and Canada,” Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, 22(2): 83-97. [more]
  • Daniel Béland and François Vergniolle de Chantal (2014), “L’État en Amérique: entre invisibilité et fragmentation institutionnelle” Revue française de science politique, 64(2): 191-205. [more]   
  • Daniel Béland and André Lecours (2014), “Accommodation and the Politics of Fiscal Equalization in Multinational States: The Case of Canada,” Nations & Nationalism, 20(2): 337-354.
  • Lijian Wang, Daniel Béland and Sifeng Zhang (2014), “Pension Fairness in China,” China Economic Review, 28(1): 25-36. [more]
  • Rosina Foli and Daniel Béland (2014), “International Organizations and Ideas about Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa,” Poverty & Public Policy, 6(1): 3-23. [more]
  • Michael W. Kpessa and Daniel Béland (2013), “Mapping Social Policy Development in Sub-Saharan Africa,” Policy Studies, 34(3): 326-341. [more]
  • Daniel Béland and Mitchell A. Orenstein (2013), “International Organizations as Policy Actors: An Ideational Approach,” Global Social Policy, 13(2): 125-143. [more]
  • Ishmael Wireko and Daniel Béland (2013), “The Challenge of Healthcare Accessibility in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Role of Ideas and Culture,” European Journal of International Management, 7(2): 171-186. [more]
  • Daniel Béland and Jean-Philippe Viriot Durandal (2013), “Aging in France: Population Trends, Policy Issues, and Research Institutions,” The Gerontologist, 53(2): 191-197. [more]
  • Robert Henry Cox and Daniel Béland (2013), “Valence, Policy Ideas and the Rise of Sustainability,” Governance, 26(2): 307-328.
  • Daniel Béland (2013), “La présidence Obama et l’avenir de la protection sociale aux États-Unis,” Revue française des affaires sociales, 67(1-2): 183-200. [more]
  • André Lecours and Daniel Béland (2013), “The Institutional Politics of Territorial Redistribution: Federalism and Equalization Policy in Australia and Canada,” Canadian Journal of Political Science, 46(1): 93–113. [more]
  • Rezvan Ostadalidehaghi and Daniel Béland (2013), “‘Women without Guardians’ in Iran: Gender, Cultural Assumptions, and Social Policy,” Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy, 29(1): 48-63. [more]
  • Lindsey Bruce, Daniel Béland, and Angela Bowen (2012), “MotherFirst: Developing a Maternal Mental Health Strategy in Saskatchewan,” Healthcare Policy, 8(2): 46-55. [more]
  • Daniel Béland and John Myles (2012), “Varieties of Federalism, Institutional Legacies, and Social Policy: Comparing Old-Age and Unemployment Insurance Reform in Canada,” International Journal of Social Welfare, 21(S1): S75-S87. [more]
  • Tamer Qarmout and Daniel Béland (2012), “The Politics of Foreign Aid to the Gaza Strip,” Journal of Palestine Studies,XLI(4): 1-16. [more]
  • Daniel Béland and Alex Waddan (2012), “The Obama Presidency and Health Insurance Reform: Assessing Continuity and Change,” Social Policy & Society, 11(3): 319-330. [more]
  • Michael W. Kpessa and Daniel Béland (2012),“Transnational Actors and the Politics of Pension Reform in Sub-Saharan Africa,” Review of International Political Economy, 19(2): 267-291. [more]
  • Heather Rollwagen and Daniel Béland (2012), “Responding to Calgary’s ‘Gang War’: A Political Sociology of Criminological Ideas,” Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice, 54(1): 141-168. [more]
  • Daniel Béland and Alex Waddan (2011), “Ideen und sozialpolitischer Wandel: Konzeptionelle Überlegungen am Beispiel der USA,” Zeitschrift für Sozialreform, 57(4): 463-485.
  • Michael W. Kpessa, Daniel Béland, and André Lecours (2011), “Nationalism, Development, and Social Policy: The Politics of Nation-Building in Sub-Saharan Africa,” Ethnic and Racial Studies, 34(12): 2115-2133.
  • Daniel Béland (2011), “La question des retraites et la présidence Obama,” Retraite et société, n° 61: 137-156.
  • Daniel Béland and André Lecours (2011), “Le nationalisme et la gauche au Québec,” Globe: Revue internationale d’études québécoises, 14(1): 37-52.
  • Daniel Béland and André Lecours (2011), “The Ideational Dimension of Federalism: The ‘Australian Model’ and the Politics of Equalization in Canada,” Australian Journal of Political Science, 46(2): 199-212.
  • Daniel Béland (2011), “The Politics of Social Policy Language,” Social Policy & Administration, 45(1): 1-18
  • Daniel Béland and André Lecours (2010), “Logiques institutionnelles et politiques publiques: le programme de péréquation d’hier à aujourd’hui,” Politique et Sociétés, 29(2): 3-20.
  • Colin Wiseman and Daniel Béland (2010), “The Politics of Institutional Change in Venezuela: Oil Policy during the Presidency of Hugo Chavez” Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, 35: 141-164. [Full text]
  • André Lecours and Daniel Béland (2010), “Federalism and Fiscal Policy: The Politics of Equalization in Canada,” Publius: The Journal of Federalism, 40(4): 569-596.
  • Daniel Béland (2010), “Reconsidering Policy Feedback: How Policies Affect Politics,” Administration & Society, 42(5): 568-590.
  • Daniel Béland (2010), “Policy Change and Health Care Research,” Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, 35(4): 607-633.
  • Daniel Béland and André Lecours (2010), “Does Nationalism Trigger Welfare State Disintegration? Social Policy and Territorial Mobilization in Belgium and Canada,” Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 28(3): 420-434.
  • Daniel Béland (2010), “The Idea of Power and the Role of Ideas,” Political Studies Review, 8(2): 145-154.
  • Daniel Béland and Alex Waddan (2010), “The Politics of Social Policy Change: Lessons of the Clinton and Bush Presidencies,” Policy & Politics, 38(2): 217-233.

Current Courses

  • JSGS 864 - Social Policy: An Interdisciplinary Perspective
  • JSGS 869 - Ideas in Public Policy

Current Research

  • The Politics of Taxation and Social Policy
  • Identity Formation, Public Policy, and Territorial Politics   
  • Religion and Social Policy
  • Ideas and Policy Change