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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... 1988 ) , major research efforts on the VNPS . We have , therefore , incomplete
and inadequate information on nearly every research question that has ever
been examined about the VNPS as a whole or about VGs generally , mainly
Because commitment is the key resource of GAs , GAs lacking it are unable to
generate much activity , on average , and so have little impact , whether their
efforts are turned inward or outward ( Knoke and Wood , 1981 ) . Low
Because volunteer effort is central to GAs , commitment to such effort must
continually be generated . Knoke and Wood ( 1981 ) did an important study of the
factors in the generation of commitment in local paid - staff and GA social
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The Rest of the Voluntary Nonprofit Sector
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