This study, The political participation of social workers: a comparative study examined the various ways social workers are frequently managing politics and advocacy in the broader society. I think we have to acknowledge that while we maintain our professional roles and personal survival/relevance to maintain ourselves and our jobs, it is vital for each of us to consider how we are operating or more to the point living within a political world.
I experience the idea of a “political world” a ghostly one. If politics is everywhere how come it is mostly framed in our social work theory talk mostly as ideology? And once and awhile groups like the Ontario Association of Social Workers – declare for the need to get a new party into power after the Harris years, or the Alberta College of Social Workers, celebrates six registered social workers becoming members of the legislature. https://acsw.in1touch.org/document/1973/FIN_2015FallAdvocate.pdf
“Our results suggest that input of individual social workers into the policy cycle tends to cluster in the problem articulation and definition stage, and again in the evaluation of policy-implementation stage. Individual social workers are not well positioned to have input into the more generative phases. Perhaps being practical they focus on the areas to which they do have access.”
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“This article reports on a comparative study that examined the political participation of social workers in Kwa Zulu-Natal province in South Africa, the state of New South Wales(excluding the Hunter region) in Australia, and New Zealand.” Gray M, Collett van Rooyen, C, Rennie G, Gaha J. 2002.
Note, that they have interesting templates of political participation of social workers, they pull from another study.