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Social Work and the Making of Social Policy

Ute Klammer, Simone Leiber, and Sigrid Leitner


Bringing together international case studies, this book offers theoretical and empirical insights into the interaction between social work and social policy. Moving beyond existing studies on policy practice, the book employs the policy cycle as a core analytical frame and focuses on the influence of social work(ers) in the problem definition, agenda setting, policy formulation and implementation of social policy. Twenty-three contributors offer examples of policy making from seven different countries and demonstrate how social work practitioners can become political actors, while also encoura ... More

Keywords: policy change, critical social work theory, critical consciousness, structural violence, sex trafficking, policy cycle, policy practice, actors of social work, agenda setting, interest representation, implementation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781447349150
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447349150.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ute Klammer, editor
University of Duisburg-Essen

Simone Leiber, editor
University of Duisburg-Essen

Sigrid Leitner, editor
University of Applied Sciences Cologne

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1 Introduction: social work and the making of social policy

Ute Klammer, Simone Leiber and Sigrid Leitner

Part I Social work, problem definition and agenda setting

4 The voices of Italian social workers: from a pilot anti-poverty intervention to a national policy

Matteo D’Emilione, Giovannina Assunta Giuliano, Paolo Raciti and Paloma Vivaldi Vera

Part II Social work interests in policy formulation and decision making

Part III Social work and implementation

End Matter