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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Such incentives also can be labeled material , remunerative , occupational ,
professional , or economic incentives . ... By contrast , he operationalized
occupational incentives as “ providing professional or business contact
opportunities ” and ...
Organizational prestige and resources are key elements in attracting
professionals ” ( DiMaggio and Powell , 1983 , p . 154 ) . ... for explaining GA
complexity because , by definition , a GA does not usually have a paid
professional executive .
Although initially somewhat radical , pressing for societal changes of a major sort
, hospices quickly settled down to being " professional ” and “ responsible , ”
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