Role Of A Advocate Role Public Interest Groups And Social Workers

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The Role of Advocacy in Politics Jazmine Feijo, 0884046 Political Process and Social Work AHSS 1190 Dennis Long November 9th, 2014 One of the primary objectives in a representative democracy is to cater to the publics need by understanding the issues of concern and constructive criticisms. In order for needs to be met or negotiated, groups of like-minded individuals form in hopes to influence the government’s direction by voicing their opinions. Public interest groups take on this role to enforce change that they believe serves the public’s interest (Mintz, 2013). Influencing public policy is also an objective for social workers. Social workers do not merely focus on individuals or small groups, but also advocate to strengthen society at large while promoting social justice. Social change is crucial in social work and continues to be involved in political enterprise. This paper focuses on examples of the beneficial advocate role public interest groups and social workers embody, as well their similarities under a representative democracy. Thus, for a well-functioning representative democracy to prosper, public interest groups must give input and advise political officials to make change—similar to what social workers set out to fulfill. Public interest groups are political organizations that highlight public problems, rationalize solutions, gather supporters, initiate policy change, and make legislative action attainable (Burstein & Linton, 2002). Public interest
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