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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9 Impact and Effectiveness In this chapter , I am concerned with the causal impact
of grassroots associations ( GAs ) internally , or on their members , and externally
, or on their environments . I also am concerned with the organizational factors ...
High effectiveness GАs tended to have greater prestige ratings of the groups ,
more estimated average member income and education , and higher average
member socioeconomic status . They were part of state or national organizations
Only the factor of catering to major supporters does not fit well with GA
effectiveness working hypotheses stated so far in this chapter . A similar study ,
but one of mainly paid - staff nonprofits , was conducted by Hawkins , Steger ,
and Trimble ...
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