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Where Academia and Policy Meet : A Cross-National Perspective on the Involvement of Social Work

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Contributed by social work specialists from these nations, the 14 essays in this volume analyze the role of social work academics in social policy processes in Australia, China, Finland, Germany, Israel, Portugal, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, the UK, and the US. They use the Policy Practice Engagement framework to identify the diverse factors that influence social workers' engagement in policy practice in different areas and national settings, explaining why social workers engage in policy practice and how they intervene in the process in terms of the motivational, facilitative, and opportunity factors associated with their engagement. Chapters consider the level and characteristics of academics' policy involvement; their perceptions of the social role of academia, their role as social work scholars, and their personal policy-related resources; the levels of support for engagement in policy in their institutions; the similarities and differences between countries in terms of the levels and forms of policy engagement, academics' role perceptions, their perceived impact on policymakers, and their organizational support; and the relationship between motivational factors like academic status and role perceptions, facilitating factors like university support, opportunity factors like the structure and norms of the policy process, and social work academics' level of engagement. Distributed in North America by University of Chicago Press. Annotation ©2017 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Number of Pages: 281
Genre: Political Science
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
Language: English
Street Date: June 15, 2017
TCIN: 51893144
UPC: 9781447320197
Item Number (DPCI): 248-37-0618
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