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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9 Impact and Effectiveness In this chapter , I am concerned with the causal impact of grassroots associations ( GAs ) internally , or on their members , and externally , or on their environments . I also am concerned with the ...
I undertook my review of GA impact literature with an open mind but realizing that many social scientists argue that GAs have few or no important types of impact . My working hypothesis was that GAs might have such impact if one looks ...
If the GA has member impact goals , then such effectiveness elements will help the group have a significant internal impact . The bases for finding these elements of GA effectiveness in regard to the impact of GAs lie in the structure ...
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