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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Frequent changes of style of operation are likely to be dissatisfying to members
and lead to group dissolution . And even if a group has a consistent style of
operation and subculture ( just as a successful business tends to have one (
Ouchi and ...
Collectivist GAs are informal and democratic in operation . Kanter and Zurcher (
1973 ) make a statement on the importance of valuing small size in groups and “
alternative institutions , ” which certainly fits GAs generally . These authors argue
... trademark , and logo and also provides some technical assistance in exchange
for ( a ) an annual fee that usually is tied to the membership or revenues of the
polymorphic GA and ( b ) following some nationally set standards of operation .
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