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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GA EFFECTIVENESS There are specific structure and process elements of GAs
common to many GA effectiveness studies for either internal or external impact . I
view the following as tentative working hypotheses of a theory of GA ...
... shields members from nonmembers , even when members continue relating to
and interacting with nonmembers ) • Needs fewer members to succeed ( e.g. ,
small support and self - help Gas ) Special External Impact Effectiveness Factors
See Ideology of GAs , sometimes extensive External funding of Gas . See
Funding of GAs , external External health impact of GAs . See Impacts of GAs ,
external health External impacts of GAs . See Impacts of GAs , external External
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