This volume explores the world of grassroots organizations and outlines their history while differentiating them from the more familiar paid-staff nonprofit organizations. David Horton Smith, a leading scholar on the nonprofit and voluntary sector, examines the available empirical research on the topic and analyzes the theoretical concepts that have come to define such associations. He affords the reader a complete, detailed description of the nature and characteristics of grassroots organizations, their formation, structure, leadership, life cycle, effectiveness, and their integral role in postmodern societies.
... there are many “flat-earth” voluntary nonprofit sector (VNPS) paradigms that are distorting the reality of the VNPS in related but different major ways.
This very long future existence of major social science academic disciplines also is likely to be true with the discipline of political science because ...
... I also have major intellectual debts owed to a variety of other social science scholars who have done little, if any, significant work in the nonprofit ...
... on articles that are related to, or are parts of, the present book from anonymous reviewers of other major nonprofit research/management journal.
... levels of squatter participation and in attaining major goals such as new services and other tangible benefits for their neighborhoods (Fisher, 1984).
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Part III Theoretical Paradigms and Conclusions
Chapter 10 FlatEarth Paradigms and a RoundEarth Paradigm Outline
The Advent of Homo Voluntas
Description of the Largely North American Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action
Creating a Local Nonprofit Sampling Frame Including Grassroots Associations An American Example
Methodology of the Smith OneSuburb Study
Chapter 6 Internal Processes
Chapter 7 Leaders and Environments
Chapter 8 Life Cycle Changes
Chapter 9 Impact and Effectiveness
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