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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Impact and Effectiveness In this chapter , I am concerned with the causal impact
of grassroots associations ( GAs ) internally , or on their members , and externally
, or on their environments . I also am concerned with the organizational factors ...
I undertook my review of GA impact literature with an open mind but realizing that
many social scientists argue that GAs have few or no important types of impact .
My working hypothesis was that GAs might have such impact if one looks in the ...
If the GA has member impact goals , then such effectiveness elements will help
the group have a significant internal impact . The bases for finding these
elements of GA effectiveness in regard to the impact of GAs lie in the structure
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