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Now in its sixth edition, BECOMING AN EFFECTIVE POLICY ADVOCATE continues to embrace the policy-practice framework that made it a success while including coverage of important recent developments in the field. This groundbreaking text goes beyond the traditional foundational approach to policy and helps students develop the skills they need to become advocates for social change. Students are taught the ins-and-outs of conducting policy-practice so that they will be prepared to implement policy reform during their own careers.
Bruce S. Jansson (MA, University of Chicago and Harvard University; PhD, University of Chicago) is Professor in the Department of Social Work at the University of Southern California (USC). He joined the USC faculty in 1973 after working in Michigan as a community organizer and planner for tenant rights. His scholarly interests focus on advancing case advocacy and policy advocacy in social work, as well as examining the history and practice of social welfare policy. He also has served as the Moses Distinguished Research Professor at the City University of New York Graduate Center. Jansson is probably most well-known for the book THE SIXTEEN TRILLION DOLLAR MISTAKE: HOW THE U.S. BUNGLED ITS NATIONAL PRIORITIES FROM THE NEW DEAL TO THE PRESENT (2001). The author of several other titles, Jansson is currently working on two books. One discusses how social workers and other staff in the health and human services can link case and policy advocacy in different sectors including mental health, child welfare, corrections, education, and civil rights. The other analyzes why the United States has not significantly reduced health disparities in the last five decades, and whether the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 will achieve this result.
Preface. PART I. BECOMING MOTIVATED TO BECOME A POLICY ADVOCATE AND A LEADER. 1. Joining a Tradition of Social Reform. 2. Articulating Four Rationales for Participating in Policy Advocacy. PART II. SURMOUNTING CYNICISM BY DEVELOPING POLICY-ADVOCACY SKILLS. 3. Obtaining Skills and Competencies for Policy Advocacy. PART III. NAVIGATING THE ECOLOGY OF POLICY IN THE U.S. AND A GLOBAL WORLD. 4. Understanding the Ecology of Policy in Governmental, Electoral, Community, and Agency Settings. 5. Expanding Policy Advocacy Across National Borders. PART IV. COMMITTING TO PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS THROUGH BUILDING AGENDAS AND POLICY ANALYSIS. 6. Committing to an Issue: Building Agendas. 7. Analyzing Problems in the First Step of Policy Analysis. 8. Developing Policy Proposals in Second, Third, and Fourth Steps of Policy Analysis. 9. Presenting and Defending Policy Proposals in the Fifth and Sixth Steps of Policy Analysis. PART V. ADVOCATING FOR CHANGE. 10. Developing and Using Power. 11. Developing Political Strategy and Putting It Into Action. 12. Engaging in Ballot-Based Policy Advocacy. PART VI. TROUBLESHOOTING AND ASSESSING POLICIES. 13. Troubleshooting Policies. 14. Toward Evidence-Based Policy.