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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Choice of Greater Internal Democracy ( vs. Oligarchy or Elitism ) This is another
of those formational decisions that can be changed subsequently , in part
because of later desired changes in GA structure and / or in part from changing
The default choice is to form a conventional GA , and most founders take this
option to avoid the probable hassles of public opprobrium and social control
agency counteractivity . Related to the present founder choice historically is
whether the ...
Voluntary choices based on personal preferences and interests are more and
more becoming the basis for time spent ... Many such voluntary choices are
analytically similar in nature to more narrow choice of a GA or volunteer program
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