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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More professional GAs as volunteer - run groups might tend to be more effective
on the whole , in part because their leadership takes the task of efficiently
achieving GA goals more seriously ( i . e . , impact and effectiveness concerns ) .
Generally , Parts I and III deal with the whole VNPS but most especially with all
GAs of the VNPS . Part II deals with GAs as groups or organizations . Smith (
1994a , 2000 ) deals with the level of the individual volunteer as a unit of
For a broad understanding of the whole VNPS , the IRS data and the
Independent Sector - type maps based on them are quite simply very incomplete
and never have been adequate . Similar incompleteness and inadequacy are
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Definitions and Metaphors
The Rest of the Voluntary Nonprofit Sector
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