Becoming an Effective Policy Advocate: From Policy Practice to Social Justice

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Cengage Learning, Jan 24, 2007 - Social Science - 480 pages
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Go beyond the ordinary, with Bruce Jansson's groundbreaking look at the ins-and-outs of conducting policy-practice. BECOMING AN EFFECTIVE POLICY ADVOCATE gives you hands-on experience building the skills that will empower you to implement policy reform as an effective social work practitioner Jansson includes case studies and examples that illustrate how and why policy is important as well as a toolbox of strategies to help you implement policy reform over the course of your own career. And to enhance your course experience, this text features access to CengageNOW, an integrated online suite of services and resources that will help you save time, focus your study, and get the grade you want!
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I felt like this book was a good introduction into the world of policy advocacy. I appreciated how Jansson broke down the steps and made the learning relatively easy. The book truly defines what it takes, on a logistical side, to advocate and create policy.
The political bent made it difficult to read, I had to weigh through the political agenda to understand the points he was trying to make. I often laughed at the obvious political tendencies of the author. Text books should display facts, not personal opinions.


Becoming Motivated to Become a Policy Advocate and a Leader
Surmounting Cynicism by Developing PolicyAdvocacy Skills
The Ecology of Policy in the United States and in a Global World
Committing to Problems and Solutions Through Building Agendas and Policy Analysis
Advocating for Change
Troubleshooting and Assessing Policies

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Bruce S. Jansson (MA, University of Chicago and Harvard University; PhD, University of Chicago) is Professor in the Department of Social Work at the University of Southern California (USC). He joined the USC faculty in 1973 after working in Michigan as a community organizer and planner for tenant rights. His scholarly interests focus on advancing case advocacy and policy advocacy in social work, as well as examining the history and practice of social welfare policy. He also has served as the Moses Distinguished Research Professor at the City University of New York Graduate Center. Jansson is probably most well-known for the book THE SIXTEEN TRILLION DOLLAR MISTAKE: HOW THE U.S. BUNGLED ITS NATIONAL PRIORITIES FROM THE NEW DEAL TO THE PRESENT (2001). The author of several other titles, Jansson is currently working on two books. One discusses how social workers and other staff in the health and human services can link case and policy advocacy in different sectors including mental health, child welfare, corrections, education, and civil rights. The other analyzes why the United States has not significantly reduced health disparities in the last five decades, and whether the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 will achieve this result.

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