Where Academia and Policy Meet

A Cross-National Perspective on the Involvement of Social Work Academics in Social Policy

Edited by John Gal and Idit Weiss-Gal

Where Academia and Policy Meet

Edited by John Gal and Idit Weiss-Gal

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

276 pages | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9781447320197 Published June 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Though academia has the reputation of being removed from the world, in reality the worlds of the academy and politics meet frequently, and in a variety of ways—productive and unproductive. This book presents the results of the first major crossnational comparative study of academic engagement in the creation of social policy. It offers new empirical data from twelve countries across Europe, North America, and the Middle East, with each chapter providing a brief overview of social work and social work education in the country under consideration, then presenting new data on the interactions between scholars and policy makers there.
Contents
List of tables and figures
Notes on the Editors and Contributors
Acknowledgements
One Where academia and policy meet: an introduction
John Gal and Idit Weiss-Gal
Two Social work academia and policy in Australia
Philip Mendes and Susan Baidawi
Three Social work academia and policy in China
Minchao Jin, Xiao Li, Lei Wu and Jie Lei
Four Social work academia and policy in Finland
Helena Blomberg and Christian Kroll
Five Social work academia and policy in Germany
Andreas Herz and Stefan Köngeter
Six Social work academics and policy in Israel
Idit Weiss-Gal and John Gal
Seven Social work academia and policy in Portugal
Francisco Branco
Eight Social work academia and policy in Puerto Rico
Gisela Negrón-Velázquez
Nine Social work academia and policy in South Africa
Ten Social work academics and policy in Spain
María Asunción Martínez-Román and Miguel Ángel Mateo-Pérez
Eleven Social work academia and policy in Sweden
Katarina H. Thorén and Pia Tham
Twelve Social work academia and policy in the United Kingdom
Hugh McLaughlin and Jo-Pei Tan
Thirteen Social work academia and policy in the United States
Arati Maleku and Richard Hoefer
Fourteen Where academia and policy meet: a cross-national perspective
Idit Weiss-Gal and John Gal
Appendix: Questionnaire on social work faculty engagement in the social welfare policy press
Idit Weiss-Gal and John Gal
Index
 
Review Quotes
Graeme Simpson, University of Wolverhampton
"This well-researched book throws down a challenge to those who educate social workers to become more political and policy-oriented in their own practice. A must-read for all academics in this area."
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