Grassroots Associations is a comprehensive review and critique of empirical and theoretical research on grassroots, nonprofit and voluntary organizations.
David Horton Smith examines in depth the distinctive nature and characteristics of a previously under-studied area which includes such groups as Alchoholics Anonymous, community-environmental action committees and church Bible study groups. He addresses: group formation, structure, process, leadership, and life cycle change; effectiveness; the influence such associations have on society; the future of grassroots associations, which he sees as integral to a postmodern society moving towards participatory democracy, self-determinism and individual choice.
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A major implication of these VNPS definitions is that current attempts to measure
the numbers of volunteers and VGs , and hence of the total size of the VNPS ,
need to be revised in a number of ways . Such revisions should particularly
Alternatively , one could attempt to create a government agency ( e . g . , a town
committee in a small town ) or a ... Ben - Ner and Van Hoomissen ( 1991 )
present a neat , simple , but general theory that assumes that attempts first will be
Many GAs attempt to influence local governments on issues of interest at one
time or another , sometimes successfully ( see Chapter 9 ) . The overall success
rate of such influence attempts is not clear from research . Most research focuses
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