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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Oligarchy or Elitism ) This is another of those formational decisions that can be
changed subsequently , in part because of later desired changes in GA structure
and / or in part from changing GA processes . Small membership associations ...
Generally , paid - staff VGs have less participative decision making , more
hierarchy , and more oligarchy than do GAs , like most work organizations in
general ( Corsino , 1985-86 ; Halliday and Cappell , 1979 ; Klausen , 1995 ;
But if oligarchy and professionalization ( hence complexity ) increase significantly
, then member volunteer time and commitment tend to decline . Hypothetical
increased efficiency and possibly greater impact ( see Chapter 9 ) are seen as ...
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