Becoming an Effective Policy Advocate: From Policy Practice to Social Justice / Edition 3

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In Bruce S. Jansson's Becoming an Effective Policy Advocate, you'll go beyond just learning about policy by learning what to do with policy. Jansson's groundbreaking text provides you with a toolbox of strategies for conducting policy practice. You'll learn the essential skills in actually promoting change to social welfare policy.

New running examples-the rebuilding of New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and efforts to address homelessness in Los Angeles County-which are revisited throughout the book, vividly illustrate policy-practice and policy-advocacy concepts. New Chapter 5, "Expanding Policy Advocacy Across National Borders," helps you to better understand how global forces and realities profoundly shape social problems within the U.S. and abroad. "Policy Advocacy Challenges"-with integrated video footage, website links, and Internet-based exercises on the Companion Website-show you how social workers from around the country have used their policy-advocacy skills to achieve important policy reform-bringing these challenges and successes to life.

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Encouraging social workers and social work students to become participants in efforts to build a more humane society, this text shows how effective policy practitioners combine solid research and analysis with political skills to get their proposals approved by decision makers. The book guides readers through the process of agenda setting, problem analysis, and proposal writing through policy enactment, implementation, and assessment. This fourth edition presents two new models of policy practice, a new chapter on ballot- based policy advocacy, an expanded discussion of ideology, and new Web topics and exercises. The author is affiliated with the University of Southern California. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534355203
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 7/28/1998
  • Series: Social Work Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 425
  • Product dimensions: 7.56 (w) x 9.55 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce S. Jansson joined the University of Southern California faculty in 1973 after working in Michigan as a community organizer and planner for tenant rights. He also has served as the Moses Distinguished Research Professor at the City University of New York Graduate Center. His diverse scholarly interests include empirical research to examine the policy making and planning processes in social agencies; the procurement of resources for social service agencies; the monitoring function of public agencies; and the history and practice of social welfare policy. Dr. Jansson is the author of another Brooks/Cole text, THE RELUCTANT WELFARE STATE.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Policy Practice and Policy Advocacy: The Fourth Dimension of Social Work Practice 1
Ch. 1 Why Engage in Policy Practice and Policy Advocacy? 3
Ch. 2 Ethical, Analytic, and Political Rationales for Engaging in Policy Advocacy 29
Ch. 3 A Policy Practice Framework for Policy Advocates: Skills, Tasks, and Actions 61
Ch. 4 The Big Picture: Policy Practice in Governmental, Community, and Agency Settings 89
Pt. 2 Preparatory Work: Building Agendas, Analyzing Problems, and Writing Proposals 121
Ch. 5 Building Agendas 123
Ch. 6 Analyzing Problems 147
Ch. 7 Finding Policy Options 179
Ch. 8 Writing Policy Proposals 209
Ch. 9 Policy Persuasion 231
Pt. 3 Policy Advocates and the Political Process 257
Ch. 10 Understanding "Power" and "Politics" 259
Ch. 11 Developing and Using Power 285
Ch. 12 Developing Political Strategy 309
Ch. 13 Putting Political Strategy into Action 327
Pt. 4 After Enacting Policy 355
Ch. 14 Securing the Implementation of Policies 357
Ch. 15 Assessing Policy Implementation 389
Appendix 407
Name Index 411
Subject Index 417
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