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Where Academia and Policy MeetA Cross-National Perspective on the Involvement of Social Work Academics in Social Policy$
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John Gal and Idit Weiss-Gal

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447320197

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447320197.001.0001

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Social work academia and policy in Sweden

Social work academia and policy in Sweden

(p.183) Eleven Social work academia and policy in Sweden
Where Academia and Policy Meet

Katarina H. Thorén

Pia Tham

Policy Press

This chapter examines the engagement of social work academics in the policy process in Sweden. It begins by presenting an overview of social policy and the welfare state in Sweden and by discussing the emergence of the social work profession in that country. The development of social work education in Sweden and its contemporary features are then depicted. Following these, the methodology and the findings of a study of the policy engagement of Swedish social work academics are presented. The findings relate to the levels of engagement in policy and the forms that this takes. The study also offers insights into various factors that are associated with these, such as perceptions, capabilities, institutional support and the accessibility of the policy process. The chapter concludes with an analysis of the findings and their implications.

Keywords:   social work, social policy, academics, policy engagement, Sweden

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