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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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Where academia and policy meet: a cross-national perspective

Where academia and policy meet: a cross-national perspective

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Where Academia and Policy Meet

Idit Weiss-Gal

John Gal

Policy Press

This chapter provides an overview of the findings on the engagement of social work academics in the policy process in 12 countries. It describes the Policy Practice Engagement conceptual framework that served as the basis for the cross-national study. The levels, activities, stages and perceived impact of social work academics’ engagement in policy in the different countries are presented. The findings indicate that social work academics across the countries clearly regard affecting social policy as a major role. However, their level of policy engagement appears to be modest. Their policy-related activities are undertaken mainly in the public sphere, focus more on changing the discourse and are generally conducted in partnership with others in social work. The more social work academics are motivated to engage in policy and the more facilitating their organizational environment, the more likely they are to engage in policy-related activities. The ways in which social work scholars seek to exert their influence will reflect the degree to which they have access to policy formulation institutions and the ways in which policy-makers perceive them and their role.

Keywords:   social work, social policy, academics, policy engagement, cross national

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