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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Most GAs have member benefit goals , whereas most paid - staff VGs have
nonmember benefit goals . In a stratified sample of GAs in a single suburb (
Appendix C ) , I found that informal or semiformal GAs constituted 36 % of 59 GAs
Of the 15 grassroots types of groups , only 2 ( school service groups and service
clubs ) clearly are involved in service to nonmembers in addition to member
benefit activities , and these are mixed in benefits . This service to nonmembers is
Also , member benefit GАs and supralocal associations clearly serve the public
and the general welfare in many , often widespread ways discussed in Smith (
1997a ) and in Chapter 9 ( see also Chan and Rammohan , 1999 , p . 18 ) .
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