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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Founders of GAs tend to follow in the footsteps of sector choice and group
structure choice of other founders of member benefit groups and small
nonmember benefit groups , founding GAs rather than communes , government
agencies , for ...
The default choice is to form a conventional GA , and most founders take this
option to avoid the probable hassles of public opprobrium and social control
agency counteractivity . Related to the present founder choice historically is
whether the ...
1 Comparison of Average Outcomes of Founder Choices for Grassroots
Associations Versus Paid - Staff Voluntary ... specific goals Conventional goals
and means informal style of group operation , whereas paid - staff VG founders
tend to ...
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The Rest of the Voluntary Nonprofit Sector
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