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

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Bruce Jansson's text takes the social welfare policy course beyond just presenting welfare policy descriptions by teaching students what to do with policy and by giving them a toolbox of strategies for conducting policy-practice. This hands-on policy-practice framework helps social work students to develop specific skills they can use to actually change policy--this groundbreaking text prepares students to become effective policy practitioners.

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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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"Each revision seems to become more animated. I'm excited to see the text gain strength in the use of Internet resources. I also look forward to reviewing the instructor's manual when it is revised as the last edition was the best instructor's manual I have ever used."

"This book is one of the most valuable resources that policy teachers have available. It goes beyond the competing texts. The intellectual development is really impressive. The students like it because they can actually see what policy practice (often a murky concept to them) means. There are substantial improvements in the new edition. The new policy-practice sub-methods (electoral and troubleshooting) are an improvement in the text and the intellectual underpinnings of the model. This is an elegant book..."

"Jansson's Fourth Edition of BECOMING AN EFFECTIVE POLICY ADVOCATE is a significant step forward for an already excellent book. The field of social work and the lives of clients would be much improved if every social work student and social worker were required to learn and apply what is in this book."

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