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Grassroots Associations


© 2000 | 360 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

This volume explores the world of grassroots organizations and outlines their history while differentiating them from the more familiar paid-staff nonprofit organizations. David Horton Smith, a leading scholar on the nonprofit and voluntary sector, examines the available empirical research on the topic and analyzes the theoretical concepts that have come to define such associations. He affords the reader a complete, detailed description of the nature and characteristics of grassroots organizations, their formation, structure, leadership, life cycle, effectiveness, and their integral role in postmodern societies.

 
PART ONE: TOWARD A ROUND-EARTH PARADIGM FOR THE VOLUNTARY NONPROFIT SECTOR
 
Definitions and Metaphors
 
Revising Flat-Earth Maps
The Rest of the Voluntary Nonprofit Sector  
 
PART TWO: THE DISTINCTIVE NATURE OF GRASSROOTS ASSOCIATIONS
 
Formational Characteristics
 
Internal Guidance Systems
 
Internal Structure
 
Internal Processes
 
Leaders and Environments
 
Life Cycle Changes
 
Impact and Effectiveness
 
PART THREE: THEORETICAL PARADIGMS AND CONCLUSIONS
 
Flat-Earth Paradigms and the Round-Earth Paradigm in Outline
 
Some Conclusions and Forecasts
The Advent of Homo Voluntas  

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