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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This could be true for paid - staff nonprofit leaders as well as GA leaders because
research on GAs has some significant implications for paid - staff nonprofits ,
especially with regard to volunteer programs located in work organizations such
Even when regular volunteers are the providers of services , being a recipient of
helping services ( especially from specific others in person ) now is known to be
far from an unalloyed set of satisfactions for such recipients . In nonmember ...
They conclude that there is no compelling evidence that such research on these
different types of organizations will apply meaningfully to associations . This is
especially true for the misapplication of such research findings to GAs . Leat (
1993 ) ...
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