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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The VNPS , in my view , is not mainly about money and property . It is mainly
about people's time and their attitudes , voluntary spirit , emotions , ideologies ,
purposes , values , and even dreams ( consider the dedication of Martin Luther
... Substantial autonomy Substantial autonomy Mainly volunteer work Mainly paid
work Mainly informal tax exemption Mainly formal tax exemption More informal
organization More complex organization More internal democracy More internal
TABLE 7.1 Comparison of Leadership and Environment in Grassroots
Associations and Paid - Staff Voluntary Groups Grassroots Associations Paid -
Staff Voluntary Groups Leadership essential Leadership important Mainly elected
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