Politics permeates all stages of policy creation. “Although there are elements of rationalism in policy making, the policy process is largely political” (DiNitto & Johnson, 2012, p. 10). Therefore, social workers/human service workers’ involvement in the political process of policy making is crucial to client relationships and positions held in organizations and communities. In other words, it is important to examine political factors as they come into play during the various stages of the policy process: problem definition, the framing of policy solutions, policy enactment, and policy implementation. In this discussion, you will learn how both the rational and political approach shape bureaucracies and institutions in which social welfare policies are implemented. You will also focus on how social policy functions as policy orders and governs social relations between classes and groups through institutional structures such as economy, education, politics, social welfare, etc.
Policy Process Name: Institution: Course: Date: Policy Process The policy process is one that is quite complex relative to the many factors that have to be taken into consideration. Of importance to note as well is that, most of the factors tend to have some element of dynamisms. Such, which what the stance is today may rapidly change in manner of hours. For policy makers, they have to juggle with quite a number of aspect before they can finally narrow down on the policy alternative that they can work with (Popstoolkit.com, 2016). Even then, the policies have to be evaluated for their suitability to all the parties involved. It is rarely poss