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Influencing Social PolicyApplied Psychology Serving the Public Interest$
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Kenneth I. Maton

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199989973

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199989973.001.0001

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Psychologists Working as Policy Insiders

Psychologists Working as Policy Insiders

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Influencing Social Policy

Kenneth I. Maton

Oxford University Press

This chapter depicts a variety of policy insider roles in which psychologists have sought to influence policy, along with the policy influence methods and skills they have used. The chapter describes the greatest policy successes of interviewees working in staff positions for US senators and US congressional committees, as an elected official, and in executive branch agency positions. Sixteen psychologists who experienced their greatest policy influence when serving in policy insider roles were interviewed; fourteen are included in this chapter. The chapter concludes with an exploration of the benefits and limitations of working to influence policy as a policy insider.

Keywords:   policy insiders, case examples, methods, skills, branches of government

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