1. Why we engage in policy practice and policy advocacy. What Are Policy Practice and Policy Advocacy? Social Policy as Friend or as Foe. Surmounting Barriers to Policy Advocacy. The Rewards of Policy Advocacy. Demystifying Policy Advocacy. Summary. 2. Ethical, analytical, and political rationales for engaging in policy advocacy. The Ethical Rationale. The Merits of Government Intervention. The Analytic Rationale for Policy Advocacy. The Political Rationale for Policy Advocacy. Interlocking Rationales for Policy Advocacy. Summary. 3. A policy-practice framework for policy advocates: skills, tasks, and actions. Policy Deliberations within a Context. Core Tasks. The Context. Policy Skills and Policy Competencies. Styles of Policy Practice. Applications of Policy Tasks and Skills. Episodes and Sequences of Tasks. Analyzing Policy Practice. Describing Policy Practice: A Case Example. The Diversity of Policies. Overcoming Discomfort with Power. Power Assertiveness and Policy Leadership. Social Policy's Role in Ecological Frameworks. Policy Practice as a Unifying Theme. Summary. 4. The big picture: policy practice in governmental and agency settings. The Players in Legislative and Governmental Settings. The Mind-Sets of Elected Officials. The Mind-Sets of Non-Elected Officials. Strategy in Legislative Settings. The Political Economy of Organizations. The Political Economy of Communities. Summary. PART TWO: Preparatory work: building agendas, defining problems, and writing proposals. 5. Building agendas. Taking the First Step. Why Preparatory Work Is Needed. Three Challenges in Agenda Building. The Diagnosing Stage. The Softening Stage. The Activating Stage. Can Direct-Service Staff Help Build Agendas? Policy Advocacy for Powerless Populations and Unpopular Issues. Developing Links with Advocacy Groups. Summary. 6. Strategies of advocacy: analyzing problems. Do Policy Advocates have to Analyze Problems? Using a Flowchart to Analyze Problems. Developing Interventions and Programmes. Assessing Policy Reforms. Social Problems as Slippery Concepts. Challenges for Policy Advocates. Summary. 7. Strategies for advocacy: finding policy options. Recurring Policy Issues and Options. An Overview of the Proposal to Fund Battered-Women Shelters. Linking Policy Skills. Intersecting Arenas and Stakeholders. Summary. 8. Strategies of advocacy: writing proposals. Trade-Offs: Systematically Comparing Policy Proposals. Values in Constructing Proposals. Writing Memos. Gaining Support for Policy Proposals. Putting It All Together. Summary. 9. StRategies of advocates: policy persuasion. Policy Persuasion. Persuading Specific Audiences. Persuading Strategies. Assembling a Strategy. Combative Persuasion. Adversarial or Friendly Communications: Which Is Preferable? Summary. PART THREE: Policy advocates and the political process. 10. Strategies of policy advocacy.