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MEMBERS, LEADERS AND RULE BY OLIGARCHY IN TRADE AND PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

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1972
Summary:
Trade and professional associations exist to benefit their members and the industry or profession they represent. In such organizations, one of the major problems is to keep the activities and policies of the association open to scrutiny by an input from the members. Two forces work against the easy solution of this problem: membership apathy and the development of rule by oligarchy. This thesis focuses on the functions and structures of trade and professional associations; on the characteristics of their members and leaders; and on the question of rule by oligarchy. The many functions performed by these associations, along with the complex structural constraints under which they operate are shown to have an affect upon their management. Member attitudes are explored and trends on critical issues compared over a six year period. The nature and role of association leaders are examined. Finally, the crucial problem of the emergence of oligarchical rule (rule by the few) is examined through the use of survey data relating to such things as member participation; leadership succession and access to leadership roles.
Title: MEMBERS, LEADERS AND RULE BY OLIGARCHY IN TRADE AND PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS.
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Name(s): LOW, JAMES PATTERSON.
Florida Atlantic University, Degree grantor
Clare, Donald A., Thesis advisor
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Date Issued: 1972
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Fla.
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 54 p.
Language(s): English
Summary: Trade and professional associations exist to benefit their members and the industry or profession they represent. In such organizations, one of the major problems is to keep the activities and policies of the association open to scrutiny by an input from the members. Two forces work against the easy solution of this problem: membership apathy and the development of rule by oligarchy. This thesis focuses on the functions and structures of trade and professional associations; on the characteristics of their members and leaders; and on the question of rule by oligarchy. The many functions performed by these associations, along with the complex structural constraints under which they operate are shown to have an affect upon their management. Member attitudes are explored and trends on critical issues compared over a six year period. The nature and role of association leaders are examined. Finally, the crucial problem of the emergence of oligarchical rule (rule by the few) is examined through the use of survey data relating to such things as member participation; leadership succession and access to leadership roles.
Identifier: 13508 (digitool), FADT13508 (IID), fau:10353 (fedora)
Collection: FAU Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection
Note(s): Thesis (M.B.A.)--Florida Atlantic University, 1972.
College of Business
Subject(s): Associations, institutions, etc
Held by: Florida Atlantic University Libraries
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