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Becoming an Effective Policy Advocate From Policy Practice to Social Justice

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ISBN-10: 0534527701

ISBN-13: 9780534527709

Edition: 4th 2003 (Revised)

Authors: Bruce S. Jansson

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Bruce Jansson's text takes the social welfare policy course beyond just presenting welfare policy descriptions by teaching students what to do with policy and by giving them a toolbox of strategies for conducting policy-practice. This hands-on policy-practice framework helps social work students to develop specific skills they can use to actually change policy--this groundbreaking text prepares students to become effective policy practitioners.
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Book details

List price: $112.95
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 6/12/2002
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 480
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.266
Language: English

Bruce S. Jansson is the author of Social Policy: From Theory to Political Practice, The Reluctant Welfare State,and many other books and articles on social policy and welfare. He teaches at the University of Southern California and lives in Los Angeles.

Becoming Motivated to Become a Policy Advocate: Policy Practice and Policy Advocacy as the Fourth Dimension of Social Work Practice
Joining a Tradition of Social Reform
Diversity and Policy Advocacy
Advancing the Public Interest at Home and Abroad
Using an Ecological Perspective
What Policy Practitioners and Advocates Seek to Change
What Are Policy Practice and Policy Advocacy?
Challenges Encountered by Policy Advocates
Joining a Tradition of Policy Advocacy
Joining the Reform Tradition Within Social Work
Policy Devolution, Technology, and Policy Advocacy
Becoming an Effective Policy Advocate
The Rewards of Policy Advocacy
Changing the Composition of Decision Makers
Getting Started
Chapter Summary: What You Can Now Do
Suggested Readings
Articulating Four Rationales for Participating in Policy Advocacy
The Ethical Rationale for Policy Advocacy
Returning to Ideology
The Analytic Rationale for Policy Advocacy
Choosing Sides: Controversy and Research
The Political Rationale for Policy Advocacy
Interlocking Rationales for Policy Advocacy
Chapter Summary: What You Can Now Do
Suggested Readings
Surmounting Cynicism by Developing Policy-Advocacy Skills
Obtaining Skills and Competencies for Policy Advocacy
A Policy Practice Framework
Perspectives of Stakeholders and Policy Advocates
Applications of Policy Tasks and Skills
Analyzing Policy Practice
Describing Policy Practice: A Case Example
Ballot-Based Advocacy
The Variety of Policies
Overcoming Discomfort with Power
Social Policy's Role in Ecological Frameworks
Policy Practice as a Unifying Theme
Chapter Summary: What You Can Now Do
Suggested Readings
Understanding the Ecology of Policy in Governmental, Electoral, Community, and Agency Settings
The Players in Legislative and Governmental Settings
The Electoral Process
The MindSets of Elected Officials
The MindSets of Nonelected Officials
Strategy in Legislative Settings
The Political Economy of Social Agencies
The Political Economy of Programs and Social Work Units
Mapping Agencies' Policies
The Players in Organizational Settings
The Political Economy of Communities
Chapter Summary: What You Can Now Do
Suggested Readings
Committing to Problems and Solutions
Committing to an Issue: Building Agendas
Taking the First Step
Why Agenda Building Is Needed
Three Challenges in Agenda Building
Can Direct-Service Staff Help to Build Agendas?
Policy Advocacy for Powerless Populations and Unpopular Issues
Electoral Processes
Developing Links with Advocacy Groups
Using Multiple Skills in Agenda Building
Chapter Summary: What You Can Now Do
Suggested Readings
Commiting to a Solution: Analyzing Problems
Developing and Defending Policy Proposals
Putting It All Together
Do Policy Advocates Have to Analyze Problems?
Using a Flowchart to Analyze Problems
Illustrating a Flowchart with Welfare Reform
The Causes of Social Problems
Developing Interventions and Programs
Measuring the Magnitude of Problems
Locating Problems Spatially
Assessing Policy Reforms
Social Problems as Slippery Concepts
Challenges for Policy Advocates
Chapter Summary: What You Can Now Do
Suggested Reading
Developing Policy Proposals
Intersecting Arenas and Stakeholders
Recurring Policy Issues and Policy Options
An Overview of the Proposal to Fund Shelters for Battered Women
The Anatomy of Policy Proposals
Trade-Offs: Systematically Comparing Policy Options
Linking Policy Skills
Chapter Summary: What You Can Now Do
Suggested Readings
Presenting and Defending Policy Proposals
Ideology and Policy Positions
Electoral Politics and Proposals
Combative Persuasion
Adversarial or Friendly Communication: Which Is Preferable?
Persuading Specific Audiences
Strategies of Persuasion
Assembling a Strategy
Writing Succinct Policy Memos
Gaining Support for Grant Proposals
Chapter Summary: What You Can Now Do
Suggested Readings
Advocating for Change
Developing and Using Power
In Defense of Politics
Analytic and Political Approaches to Policy Advocacy
The Nature of Power
Person-to-Person Power
Substantive Power
Using Indirect Power
Successful Power Users
Power in Organizations
Exerting External Pressure
Power Differentials
Ethical Issues
Developing and Using Power
Obtaining Power Resources
Out-Group Members' Problems
Developing Assertiveness
Can Direct-Service Staff Use Power Resources?
Chapter Summary: What You Can Now Do
Suggested Readings
Developing Political Strategy
Establishing Some Objectives
Grounding Strategy in Current Realities
Building Scenarios to Construct Political Strategy
Seven Recurring Steps in Strategy
Chapter Summary: What You Can Now Do
Suggested Readings
Putting Political Strategy into Action
Strategy in Legislative Settings
Organizing Legislative Advocacy Projects from Scratch
Strategy in Agency Settings
Developing Strategy in Community Settings
Forming Coalitions
Establishing Networks
Establishing Policy Goals in the Community Context
Chapter Summary: What You Can Now Do
Engaging in Ballot-Based Policy Advocacy
Why Ballot-Based Policy Advocacy Is Important
Policy Advocacy in the Electoral Process
Developing Population Profiles
Using Power Resources to Persuade Voters
Finding Resources
Creating a Campaign Organization
Developing Campaign Strategy
Conducting Issue-Oriented Campaigns
Making Issue Campaigns and Electoral Politics Intersect
Participating in Electoral and Issue-Oriented Campaigns
Deciding to Run for Office
Chapter Summary: What You Can Now Do
Suggested Readings
Troubleshooting and Assessing Policies
Troubleshooting Policies
A Framework for Implementing Policy
Reforming the Implementation Process
Do Policy Advocates Ever Sabotage Policies?
A Case Example of Implementation: The Patient Self-Determination Act of 1990
Advocates' Options for Reforming the Implementation of PSDA
Chapter Summary: What You Can Now Do
Suggested Readings
Assessing Policies
Assessing Policies
The Fundamental Logic of Policy Assessment
Similarities Between Assessing and Analyzing Policy
Similarities Between Policy Assessment and Policy Debates
Tools for Countering Criticism
Barriers to the Use of Policy and Program Evaluation
Qualitative Evaluations
Policy Advocates' Use of Data
Why All Social Workers Should Assess Policies
Chapter Summary: What You Can Now Do
Suggested Readings
Name Index
Subject Index