Rather than being seen simply as social policy implementors, in recent decades there has been increasing recognition of social workers as professionals with unique knowledge and insights to contribute to policy formulation and social justice.
This book offers a path-breaking, evidence-based theoretical framework for understanding why social workers engage in policy, both as professionals and citizens, and the impact of their actions. Drawing on concepts from social work and the political, sociological and policy sciences, the authors set out the implications of this framework for research, education and practice.
“This book will be enlightening for those who care about the political engagement of social workers.” Sigrid Leitner, Cologne University of Applied Sciences
John Gal is Full Professor and former Dean at the Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Idit Weiss-Gal is a Full Professor and former Head of the Bob Shapell School of Social Work at Tel Aviv University.
2. On the social work–social policy interface
3. The environments
7. Explaining the policy engagement of social workers and beyond