Community-Based Organizations

Part of the International Perspectives on Social Policy, Administration, and Practice book series (IPSPAP)


Every facet of planning and executing a social project is a collective effort, at least from a community-based perspective. After all, participation does not refer to a collection of isolates. Consequently, issues related to the life inside of organizations must be rethought in view of this principle. The crucial question thus becomes: What is a community-based organization? In general, and consistent with this philosophy, community-based organizations are predicated on participation and enable communities to deal with their problems. True enough! But these organizations have unique characteristics.


Bureaucracy Post-bureaucracy Traditional management philosophy Self-management Participatory organization 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of MiamiCoral GablesUSA

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