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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( 1995 ( membership data provided thanks to Kay Schlozman ] ) found that 71 %
of U . S . adults were members of associations , broadly defined . These NORC
figures omitted church / synagogue membership but included membership in
If member attendance at meetings also were included , then this figure would be
higher . Using this latter , more recent ... Sheer membership , without other activity
, generally indicates individual support for a GA , both financial and attitudinal .
Official membership size and budget / revenue size tend to be positively related (
Newton , 1975 ) and reciprocal in influence . More people provide more dues or
donations in GAs , which depend relatively little on external sources of income .
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