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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He interprets these findings as evidence of a long - term change from
dependency toward autonomy . It could instead be more evidence that
polymorphic GAs are more likely to survive . 7 . Substantial Sociodemographic
Homogeneity GAs ...
It also is possible that top leader personality is of substantial importance here .
Messianic and charismatic leaders probably are more likely to seek such scope
expansion sooner and more extensively . There is some evidence that change of
Scott ( 1991 ) studied women ' s associations historically , finding clear evidence
of goal succession with increasing GA age . She also found evidence of goal
specialization as a particular type of goal succession in the women ' s
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