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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By contrast , founders of self - help GAs usually keep in mind the basic fact that
they tend to work best when small and composed more narrowly of other peer
members who share their specific personal problems or stigmas ( Powell , 1994 ...
Specific problems that tend to arise with a particular GA type or a specific GA
need to be investigated . Selle and Øymyr ( 1992 ) found that such reported GA
problems in a Norwegian province did not affect GA survival for eight years after
... 207208 resource mobilization for , 206 specific external impact factors for , 209
specific internal impact factors for , 208-209 Efficiency of GAs . See Effectiveness
of GAs Elected leadership in GAs . See Leadership in GAs , elected Elites , See ...
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