SAGE Publications, 2000 M05 11 - 342 páginas
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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Founders of GAs tend to follow in the footsteps of sector choice and group structure choice of other founders of member benefit groups and small nonmember benefit groups , founding GAs rather than communes , government agencies ...
a nonmember benefit and external service oriented in goals ( Chan and Rammohan , 1999 ; Smith , 1993b ) . ... clearly are involved in service to nonmembers in addition to member benefit activities , and these are mixed in benefits .
Also , member benefit GАs and supralocal associations clearly serve the public and the general welfare in many , often widespread ways discussed in Smith ( 1997a ) and in Chapter 9 ( see also Chan and Rammohan , 1999 , p . 18 ) .
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