Bringing together international case studies, this book offers theoretical and empirical insights into the interaction between social work and social policy.
Moving beyond existing studies on policy practice, the book employs the policy cycle as a core analytical frame and focuses on the influence of social work(ers) in the problem definition, agenda setting, policy formulation and implementation of social policy. Twenty-three contributors offer examples of policy making from seven different countries and demonstrate how social work practitioners can become political actors, while also encouraging policy makers to become aware of the potential of social work for the social policy-making process.
"This book provides an eclectic mix of examples from the USA and Europe to exemplify the different aspects of policy practice. It should be essential reading for all those who seek to place policy firmly within a social work practice agenda." Graeme Simpson, University of Wolverhampton
Ute Klammer is a Professor and Director of the Institute of Work, Skills and Training at the University of Duisburg-Essen.
Simone Leiber is a Professor of Social Policy at the University of Duisburg-Essen.
Sigrid Leitner is a Professor for Social Policy at the University of Applied Sciences Cologne.
Introduction: Social work and the making of social policy ~ Ute Klammer, Simone Leiber and Sigrid Leitner;
Subsection I: Social Work, Problem Definition and Agenda Setting;
Italian social workers’ voices: from a pilot anti-poverty intervention to a national policy ~ Matteo D’Emilione, Giovannina Assunta Giuliano, Paolo Raciti, Paloma Vivaldi Vera ;
How social workers influence policy in the United States: a case study ~ Lisa Werkmeister Rozas, Megan Feely and Jason Ostrander;
Paths of professional mobilisation: social workers, economic crisis and austerity in (southern) Europe ~ Riccardo Guidi and Teresa García Giráldez;
Social work as policy innovator ~ Roger S. Smith;
Subsection II: Organised Social Work Interests in Policy Formulation and Decision Making;
Social reform in the United States: lessons from the Progressive Era ~ Francisco Branco;
Academia, social work and social policy: what can we learn from faculty engaged in social policy formulation? ~ Idit Weiss-Gal and John Gal;
The Social Work Action Network, austerity and welfare reform ~ Michael Lavalette and Rich Moth;
Subsection III: Social Workers as Implementers;
Systemic barriers to effective implementation of child protection reform in Israel ~ Ravit Alfandari;
Public social assistance for the new poor in Spain. The role of the social workers agency in reshaping the family, the market and the state ~ Sergio Sánchez;
‘We are somehow still a social authority’: placement professionals between social work and social policy ~ Frank Sowa and Markus Gottwald;
Layering new social risks and manufactured uncertainties in social work ~ Pawel Polawski;
Policy work and the ethics of obedience and resistance ~ Tony Evans;
Conclusion: lessons learned from social work influencing the making of social policy ~ Ute Klammer, Simone Leiber and Sigrid Leitner.