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Jenson, Jane

Professor Emeritus
Adjunct Professor

  • Senior Fellow
  • Canadian Institute for Advanced Research
  • Successful Societies Program
  • https://www.cifar.ca/successful-societies-program-members
  • Director of the specialized graduate diploma and short graduate program in Society, Public Policy and Health
  • www.fas.umontreal.ca/spps/
  • Research Chair in Citizenship and Governance


  • Telephone 514-343-6111 #54439 Pav. PAV.M.CARON-L.GROULX-3200 J.B. \ Ext. C-4031
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Jenson, Jane

Research expertise

Over the past decade, my research has focused mainly on the ongoing changes in social citizenship in Canada, Europe and Latin America. My theoretical approach is derived from historical institutionalism, with a particular emphasis on reciprocal influences between ideas, institutions and interests. Over the past two decades, work, the family and gender relations have been transformed, along with people's lives in general, and this has upset all the premises underpinning social policies introduced in the three decades after 1945. Combined with neo-liberal politics in the 1980s and 1990s, these transformations have called for a political analysis of new social risks and given rise to other perspectives. These include the social investment perspective which now underlies many social citizenship regimes. Ideas relating to social investment and social innovation have been institutionalized, often at the initiative of ministers of finance, international financial institutions or international organizations like the World Bank and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

I also hold the Research Chair in Citizenship and Governance.

Areas of expertise


  • "Historical Transformations of Canada's Social Architecture: Institutions, Instruments and Ideas." In Keith Banting & John Myles (eds), Inequality and the Fading of Redistributive Politics, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013, 43-64.
  • "Narratives and Regimes of Social and Human Rights.  The Jackpines of the Neoliberal Era." In Peter A. Hall and Michèle Lamont (eds), Social Resilience in the Neoliberal Era. NY: Cambridge University Press, 2013 (with Ron Levi). VOIR le site: www.cifar.ca/socialresilience
  • "Standardization for Transnational Diffusion. The Case of Truth Commissions and Conditional Cash Transfers." International Political Sociology, 7: 3, 294-312. Il s'agit d'une version remaniée de « La standardisation et les mécanismes du transfert transnational », Gouvernement et action publique, numéro 1, printemps 2012, 38-59 (avec Marcos Ancelovici). 
  • “Diffusing ideas for after-neoliberalism: The social investment perspective in Europe and Latin America.” Global Social Policy, vol. 10: 1, 2010, 59-84.
  • “The European Union's Citizenship Regime. Creating Norms and Building Practices.” Comparative European Politics, 5: 1, April 2007, pp. 53-69.

Directed theses and dissertations available in Papyrus

Voir le site (blogue et vidéos) du nouvel ouvrage Social Resilience in the Neoliberal Era: www.cifar.ca/socialresilience

Voir le dictionnaire Genre et science politique, publié par Sciences Po les Presses, 2013: www.pressesdesciencespo.fr/en/livre/