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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of locality base , seeking differences and similarities . Based on Zipf ' s ( 1949 )
law of least effort , one would expect greater member participation at meetings
and other events for GAs with smaller territorial scope , other things being equal .
Hypothetical increased efficiency and possibly greater impact ( see Chapter 9 )
are seen as validating the increased complexity . Often , these hopes are
unfulfilled by greater complexity . But even if greater efficiency and impact do
result , they ...
Greater GA age and size usually allows the group to attract more financial
resources , probably because the GA becomes more well known ( i . e . , goodwill
or successful track record ) and / or achieves greater “ market penetration ” ( in
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