When Social Workers Impact Policy and Don’t Just Implement It

A Framework for Understanding Policy Engagement

By John Gal and Idit Weiss-Gal

Published

Nov 15, 2022

Page count

160 pages

Series

Research in Social Work

ISBN

978-1447364757

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Nov 15, 2022

Page count

160 pages

Series

Research in Social Work

ISBN

978-1447364771

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press
When Social Workers Impact Policy and Don’t Just Implement It

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.

1. Introduction

2. On the social work–social policy interface

3. The environments

4. Opportunity

5. Facilitation

6. Motivation

7. Explaining the policy engagement of social workers and beyond