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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Also , paid - staff VGs tend to be nonmember benefit organizations rather than
member benefit groups and , hence , do not ... GAs seem to be the " right ” type of
group form for receiving member benefits in the company of nonrelatives ( i.e. ...
nonmember benefit and external service oriented in goals ( Chan and
Rammohan , 1999 ; Smith , 1993b ) . Verba and Nie ( 1972 , p . 42 ) measure
memberships in 16 types of associations . All except professional or academic
societies are ...
of it actually is served by such nonmember nonprofits in most cases . 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 ...
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