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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Often , these GАs want to expand and accomplish still more externally , and they
see increasing complexity as a means to such ends . Such increased complexity
also can make possible external grants or contracts . By contrast , member ...
Increasing complexity leads to goal succession in some GAs over time . This is
particularly true when the GA has strong initial participatory values . Greater
complexity of the GA over time tends to reduce member participation by
As the communication and transportation links among nations increase in the
modern world , individual preference- or valuebased voluntary choices will lead
... Increasing life expectancy and declining age of retirement from the full - time
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