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Influencing Social PolicyApplied Psychology Serving the Public Interest$
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Kenneth I. Maton

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199989973

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199989973.001.0001

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University Faculty in the Policy Arena

University Faculty in the Policy Arena

(p.61) 3 University Faculty in the Policy Arena
Influencing Social Policy

Kenneth I. Maton

Oxford University Press

This chapter depicts the policy influence methods and skills used by university faculty, illustrated primarily through 12 case examples of successful policy influence. The case examples vary in a number of ways, including policy issue addressed, branch of government targeted, type of research conducted, policy method and pathway used (direct vs. indirect), and mechanism of influence (education, guidance, persuasion, pressure). Throughout the case examples, use of the core policy skills of relationship building, communication, research, and strategic analysis is demonstrated. Taken together, the examples illustrate the range of policy influence methods available to faculty. They show the potential of these tools to make a discernable difference in the policy arena as used in the hands of committed, skilled, and persistent faculty members.

Keywords:   university faculty, policy influence, case examples, methods, skills, research, branches of government

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