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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The final census of GAs was about 500 % greater than the picture given by the
statehouse records of incorporated associations , eliminating nonassociations as
coder judgments . Thus , only about 17 % of the GAs actually found to exist in the
records and local fieldwork . But the present very rough estimate suggests that
the actual numbers of GAs are much greater than IRS registrations or state
nonprofit incorporation records suggest . This points up the systematic fallacy of
Let us also estimate how much of the total VNPS in terms of VGs is being ignored
by those who put their methodological faith in the IRS records and write their
almanacs and flat - earth maps based on them . Roughly , the number of GAs
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Definitions and Metaphors
The Rest of the Voluntary Nonprofit Sector
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