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Affecting Change : Social Workers in the Political Arena

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Edition:
4th
ISBN13:

9780801330346

ISBN10:
0801330343
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
12/1/1999
Publisher(s):
Prentice Hall
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Summary

Updated to reflect the changes in social welfare policy and the advances in technology, this revision continues to provide new ideas and strategies to help students become better advocates for their future clients. Focusing on advocacy as the central mission of social work practice, Affecting Change, Fourth Edition is a practical, step-by-step guide to developing political action skills and integrating them with traditional social work skills. The text stresses the growing need for social workers to affect social policy through political action. Praised for its conversational style and its ability to translate complex political terms into accessible language, this book does not intimidate students with the political process. Instead, lively and pithy vignettes from practicing professionals enhance the practicality and currency of this book, and provide students with a snapshot of what they might expect in the real world.

Table of Contents

Foreword xi
Senator Barbara A. Mikulski
Preface xiii
About the Authors xix
The Emergence of a Social Work Polity
1(22)
The Reform Period
7(1)
The New Deal and Beyond
8(1)
The War on Poverty
9(1)
Social Action Models
10(2)
Federalism
12(2)
The New Federalism
14(2)
The 1990s
16(1)
Conclusion
17(3)
Assignments
20(1)
Suggested Readings
20(1)
References
21(2)
The Debate
23(17)
Some Perspectives
25(1)
When Karen Met Harry: Unfaithful Angels Disputed
26(12)
Conclusion
38(1)
Assignments
39(1)
Suggested Readings
39(1)
References
39(1)
Social Work Values versus Politics
40(15)
The Professional Code of Ethics
42(2)
Primary Principles: Social Justice and Empowerment
44(1)
Specialization versus Systemic Solutions
45(2)
Self-Determination versus Compromise
47(3)
Emotional Neutrality versus Client Self-Interest
50(1)
Impartiality versus Partisan Politics
51(1)
Conclusion
52(2)
Assignments
54(1)
Suggested Readings
54(1)
References
54(1)
Policy Models for Political Advocacy
55(19)
Models Defined
59(6)
Institutional Model
60(1)
Process Model
60(1)
Group Theory Model
61(2)
Elite Theory Model
63(1)
Rational Model
64(1)
Incremental Model
64(1)
A Proactive Approach to Policy Development
65(2)
Policy Analysis
67(1)
Policy Evaluation
68(2)
Effort
68(1)
Quality
69(1)
Effectiveness
69(1)
Efficiency
70(1)
Conclusion
70(2)
Assignments
72(1)
Suggested Readings
72(1)
References
72(2)
The Practitioner's Influence on Policy
74(14)
Information Dissemination
75(3)
Documentation
75(1)
Testimony
76(1)
Expert Witness
77(1)
Written Communication
78(1)
Client Empowerment
78(2)
Enabler/Advocate Role
78(1)
Evaluator/Consultant Role
79(1)
Voter Registration
79(1)
Hatch Act
80(1)
The Executive's Role in Influencing Policy
81(2)
Influencing Policy: An Illustration
83(3)
Conclusion
86(1)
Assignments
86(1)
Suggested Readings
86(1)
References
86(2)
Influence through Lobbying
88(21)
Social Work Skills in the Political Process
90(2)
The Political Process
92(2)
The Politician
94(1)
The Informal Political Process
95(1)
Lobbying Groundwork
95(2)
Goal Setting
95(1)
Strategy Setting
96(1)
Lobbying Methods
97(1)
Letter Writing
98(2)
Email
100(1)
Telephoning
101(1)
Face-to-Face Lobbying
101(2)
Testifying
103(2)
Lobbying and Nonprofits
105(1)
Conclusion
106(1)
Assignments
107(1)
Suggested Readings
107(1)
References
107(2)
Tools to Influence and Organize Others
109(20)
Ten Phases of a Social Movement
110(1)
Strategy
111(1)
Influencing Others
112(1)
Coalition Building
112(1)
Technology Used to Organize Others
113(6)
Cable Television
114(2)
The Internet
116(1)
Email
117(1)
Gimmicks
118(1)
Using the Media
119(4)
Newspapers
119(1)
Radio
120(2)
Television
122(1)
Examples of Organizing Others
123(4)
Conclusion
127(1)
Assignments
128(1)
Suggested Readings
128(1)
References
128(1)
Monitoring the Bureaucracy
129(13)
Promulgating the Rules
130(2)
Rule Implementation and Agency Compliance
132(4)
Budget Allocations
134(2)
Administrative Changes or Executive Orders
136(1)
Social Work Skills
136(4)
Conclusion
140(1)
Assignments
140(1)
Suggested Readings
140(1)
References
141(1)
Political Action Committees
142(13)
Why Is a PAC Organized?
143(2)
Process of Selection
145(3)
Candidate Endorsements
148(1)
Targeting
149(1)
Fall Out
150(2)
Idealism versus winning
152(1)
Conclusion
153(1)
Assignments
153(1)
Suggested Readings
154(1)
References
154(1)
The Campaign
155(16)
Components of the Campaign
156(3)
Time
157(1)
Money
158(1)
People
158(1)
Campaign Management
159(4)
The Campaign Manager: Who Really Runs the Campaign?
160(1)
Voter Contact
161(1)
Targeting
162(1)
Issues
163(1)
Social Workers and Campaigns
164(1)
What to Expect When Volunteering
165(3)
How to Volunteer for a Campaign
168(1)
Conclusion
168(1)
Assignments
169(1)
Suggested Readings
169(1)
References
169(2)
Social Workers as Politicians
171(18)
Respondents Characteristics
173(1)
Deciding to Run
173(2)
Building a Constituent Base
175(1)
Campaigning
176(2)
Realities of Office
178(4)
Recommendations
182(1)
Conclusion
183(4)
Assignments
187(1)
Suggested Readings
187(1)
References
188(1)
All Social Work Is Political
189(10)
Where to Start
190(1)
Just Do It
191(1)
People Influence People
191(1)
You Can Make a Difference
192(1)
Advocacy Is Not for Wimps
193(3)
Speak Out
196(1)
Just Say No
196(1)
Conclusion
197(1)
Assignments
198(1)
Suggested Reading
198(1)
References
198(1)
Glossary of Legislative Terms 199(9)
Web Sites 208(7)
Index 215


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