Political Social Work

Using Power to Create Social Change

  • Shannon R. Lane
  • Suzanne Pritzker

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Social Work in Politics

  3. Assessing and Planning Effective Political Social Work Strategies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
    2. Shannon R. Lane, Suzanne Pritzker
      Pages 151-183
    3. Shannon R. Lane, Suzanne Pritzker
      Pages 185-225
    4. Shannon R. Lane, Suzanne Pritzker
      Pages 227-265
  4. Engaging and Intervening with Effective Political Social Work Strategies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 267-267
    2. Shannon R. Lane, Suzanne Pritzker
      Pages 269-303
    3. Shannon R. Lane, Suzanne Pritzker
      Pages 305-333
    4. Shannon R. Lane, Suzanne Pritzker
      Pages 335-368
    5. Shannon R. Lane, Suzanne Pritzker
      Pages 369-397
  5. Evaluating Political Social Work and Planning for the Future

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 399-399
    2. Shannon R. Lane, Suzanne Pritzker
      Pages 401-430
    3. Shannon R. Lane, Suzanne Pritzker
      Pages 431-460
    4. Shannon R. Lane, Suzanne Pritzker
      Pages 461-497

About this book

Introduction

This social work book is the first of its kind, describing practical steps that social workers can take to shape and influence both policy and politics. It prepares social workers and social work students to impact political action and subsequent policy, with a detailed real-world framework for turning ideas into concrete goals and strategies for effecting change. Tracing the roots of social work in response to systemic social inequality, it clearly relates the tenets of social work to the challenges and opportunities of modern social change. The book identifies the core domains of political social work, including engaging individuals and communities in voting, influencing policy agendas, and seeking and holding elected office.  Chapters elaborate on the necessary skills for political social work, featuring discussion, examples, and critical thinking exercises in such vital areas as:

  • Power, empowerment, and conflict: engaging effectively with power in political settings.
  • Getting on the agenda: assessing the political context and developing political strategy.
  • Planning the political intervention: advocacy and electoral campaigns.
  • Empowering voters       
  • Persuasive political communication.
  • Budgeting and allocating resources.
  • Evaluating political social work efforts.
  • Making ethical decisions in political social work.

Political Social Work is a potent reference for social work professionals, practitioners, and students seeking core political knowledge and skills to practically advance their work. For specialists and generalists alike, it solidifies political action as vital for the evolution of the field.

Keywords

Political social work practice Political process Social change Electoral politics Social work careers Policy-making Social Work Education Social Work Methods Community Engagement Grand Challenges for Social Work Social Work and Social Policy Legislative Action Social Workers Engaging in Politics Civic Engagement

Authors and affiliations

  • Shannon R. Lane
    • 1
  • Suzanne Pritzker
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Social WorkAdelphi UniversityGarden CityUSA
  2. 2.Graduate College of Social WorkUniversity of HoustonHoustonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-68588-5
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-68587-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-68588-5
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