Based on data from 12 diverse societies, this is the first cross-national comparative study on academic engagement in social policy formulation.
The chapters present survey data on the policy involvement of social work academics in different countries and an analysis of this data by country experts. The findings relate to the levels and types of policy engagement of the social work academics, their perceptions regarding this type of activity and the factors associated with this.
This unique perspective on the academia-society nexus is essential reading for academics and students interested in the ongoing debate on the role of academia in policy, particularly those policies dealing with issues of social justice and social change.
John Gal is a professor at the Paul Baewald School of Social Work and Social Welfare at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and senior researcher at the Taub Centre for Social Policy Studies. He has published extensively on social policy in a comparative perspective and in Israel and on policy practice among social workers.
Idit Weiss-Gal is an associate professor and Head of the Bob Shapell School of Social Work at Tel Aviv University. She has published extensively on the professional ideologies of social workers, on social work as a profession and on policy practice among social workers.
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