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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Union GAs , farmers ' GAs , business GAs , and professional GAs , of course , put
much emphasis on economic incentives from their beginnings as GAs , as do
work organizations such as business firms , government agencies , and paid -
In addition , there are specifically economic system support GAs that have a
positive effect on both members and nonmembers locally , although most are
polymorphous — farmers groups , unions , businesspeople ' s groups ,
Unions in an Australian community helped improve the health and safety
conditions of their workers ( Savery and Soutar , 1990 ) . Unions in the United
States and elsewhere also have done this ( Estey , 1981 ; Hirsch and Addison ,
1986 ) .
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Definitions and Metaphors
The Rest of the Voluntary Nonprofit Sector
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