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Discussion: Policy Process and Public OpinionManaging public opinion and understanding the balance between its influence and your advocacy goals is a delicate matter. It is a task fraught with uncertainty because, as a policy advocate, you must navigate through the territory of politicians, bureaucrats, and lobbyists whose primary goals are to appease and please their constituents.In this Discussion, you select a social problem that is of interest to you and identify how public opinion influences the process and political approaches involved in addressing that social problem.By Day 3Post a description of the importance of public opinion in addressing the social problem you have selected. How does public opinion influence political approaches to the problem? Explain. What policy advocacy approaches and skills can you use to address the problem with political leaders? What are the social justice implications of your approach?Be sure to support your post with specific references to this week’s resources. If you are using additional articles, be sure to provide full APA-formatted citations for your references.By Day 5Respond to a colleague who has chosen a social problem that is different from the one you selected, addressing the following:Offer an explanation of how public opinion can be influenced to address the problem identified by your colleague.
Suggest policy advocacy approaches and skills he or she can use to address the problem with political leaders.
Comment on the social justice implications of the approach or approaches you suggested.
Colleague: CameshaHello Everyone,A social problem that interests me is public housing. Many people in the United States live in low income public housing especially young mothers. Many people who live in public housing are often looked down on in society and labeled as being lazy. However, that isn’t always the case. People live in public housing for many different reasons. Some people work jobs that pay the bare minimum and others suffer from illnesses that don’t allow them to work. Stigmatisation of public housing and its portrayal as a failure has important consequences for tenants but also for agencies and individuals seeking to counter such negative perceptions (Jacobs&Flanagan, 2013).Public opinion influence political approaches to the problem in many ways. The dominant conceptualisation of policy-making as a rational and evidence-based process conceals the strategic challenge posed by the diversity of views held by stakeholders on the most appropriate and effective way to respond (Jacobs&Flanagan, 2013). If the public is concerned and interested in more public housing, it will be likely that the government will step in and provide more funding as there will be advocates who are bringing the issues to light. Upon doing research, I learned that the United States mainly supports public housing for the most part. The NLIHC-led Opportunity Starts at Home multi-sector affordable homes campaign recently commissioned a national public opinion poll to assess people’s thoughts and perspectives on issues related to housing affordability (Out of Reach Report Released, 2019). The poll found that 85% of Americans believe ensuring everyone has a safe, decent, affordable place to live should be a “top national priority” (Out of Reach Report Released, 2019).Policy advocacy approaches and skills I can use to address the problem with political leaders would be trying to get educate them on the issue and why public housing is prevalent. I would also collaborate with other social workers and conduct seminars. Increasing our understanding of whether, how, and why social workers use political processes to promote the public good is critical to identifying strategies for increasing social work’s influence in important policy debates affecting vulnerable client groups (Rome&Hoechstetter, 2010). The social justice implications of my approach is that everyone deserves to be treated equally and fairly because not everyone was born rich and wealthy. Some people struggle more than others as some were born with a better opportunity then others. ReferencesRome, S. H., & Hoechstetter, S. (2010). Social work and civic engagement: The political participation of professional social workers. Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare, 37(3), 107–129.2019 Out of Reach Report Released. (2019). Journal of Housing & Community Development, 74(3), 3.Jacobs, K., & Flanagan, K. (2013). Public housing and the politics of stigma. Australian Journal of Social Issues (John Wiley & Sons, Inc. ), 48(3), 319–337. https://doi-org.ezp.waldenulibrary.org/10.1002/j.1…
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