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 types of goals involved in GAs with such incentives usually fit under one or
more of the seven categories of social values that help to define voluntary
altruism , as stated in Chapter 1 . This happens mainly by definition in the strictest
type of utilitarian incentives for participation in these or any other types of GAs
now being discussed . The former involve shared outcomes and voluntary
altruism within the GAs , whereas the latter involve private goods and services for
Broad But Intermittent Political Involvement An important reason why GAs have
so much impact on creating and maintaining participatory democracy and a civil
society is that virtually every type of GA gets involved in political processes ...
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