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date: 25 March 2017

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Since at least the 1970s, formal definitions of social work practice have included intervention in the policy and legislative processes (Gibelman, 2005). While knowledge of political intervention and policy development has been an integral part of social work practice since the inception of the profession, there is increasing acknowledgement of the need for and value of full-time social work practice in a political setting. This entry defines political social work and explains its nature.

Keywords: campaign, elected office, government, politics, political

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