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by Maryann Barakso

Governing NOW: Grassroots Activism in the National Organization for Women download ebook
ISBN:
080144280X
ISBN13:
978-0801442803
Author:
Maryann Barakso
Publisher:
Cornell University Press (October 14, 2004)
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216 pages
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Governing NOW: Grassroots. The heart of the book focuses on almost 40 years of national politics and players within the organization. Recommended for large public libraries and academic libraries.

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This dissertation examines how the National Organization for Women (NOW) survived the vagaries of both the political environment and its intraorganizational problems and controversies over its thirty-five year history. It considers the role that patrons, the state, mobilizing structures, leaders, organizational structure, strategic flexibility, and collective identity played in NOW's creation and maintenance. Little support is found for the role of patrons or of the state in NOW's origination and sustenance.

nationwide, the National Organization for Women has been politically active for more than thirty-five years. the long-term viability of a range of organizations, Maryann Barakso traces the political development of NOW.

Boasting more than five hundred thousand contributing members and five hundred chapters nationwide, the National Organization for Women has been politically active for more than thirty-five years.

Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2004.

Governing NOW: Grassroots Activism in the National Organization for Women. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2004.

You are viewing the table of contents. The years 1978–82 marked the National Organization for Women’s full commitment to the ERA strategy. Published by: Cornell University Press. You are viewing the table of contents. This is a case study of the National Organization for Women that explains how NOW's governance structure shaped the organization's strategy from 1966 to 2003. Strategy is defined as NOW's goals and tactics it uses to pursue them (p. 2). The author contends that current conceptual approaches to explaining organizational behavior, such as the availability of resources, or political opportunities, or collective belief systems, can fall short in their predictive powers. Ithaca: Cornell University Press. Phone interview with author. Phone interview by author, May 29, 2009.

Governing NOW. Grassroots Activism In The National Organization For Women. Published November 14, 2004 by Cornell University Press.

Boasting more than five hundred thousand contributing members and five hundred chapters nationwide, the National Organization for Women has been politically active for more than thirty-five years. In a book that offers tools for predicting the long-term viability of a range of organizations, Maryann Barakso traces the political development of NOW. According to Barakso, NOW's activities and the stances it has taken throughout its history have been shaped primarily by the organization's internal political system. Established during the group's founding period, NOW's governance structure consists of a set of principles and institutional rules that continue to guide the group's internal political dynamics and its decision-making.

Focusing on interactions between NOW leaders and rank-and-file members, Barakso reveals how the organization's internal structure affects its development and its participation in the wider political arena. The author also reveals why strategic change has always been such a contentious issue for the organization, the ways in which NOW enhances civic and political engagement, and the limits on NOW's future mobilizing capacity.

Governing NOW contributes to a deeper understanding of membership-based voluntary associations: why they choose some goals and tactics over others, why they invest resources as they do, and why they join or abstain from coalition politics.

Reviews:
  • Dikus
This is a well-written, comprehensive yet succinct, and fascinating look at the internal politics of this country's best-known feminist organization. I did not come to this book as a neutral observer or lay reader. I read it, rather, as part of my research on the Equal Rights Amendment as a volunteer for a non-profit organization that supports the ratification of the ERA. In that light, I found Barakso's two chapters related to NOW's advocacy of the ERA to be most relevant; Barakso shows the divisions within the organization of focusing so intensively on the amendment.

I am also an active member of my local chapter of NOW, but Barakso revealed a lot of information that I hadn't previously known about the organization. Barakso clearly approaches this issue from a NOW- and feminist-friendly perspective, but she is clear-eyed and largely objective and analytical in her approach to the subject. This is essential reading for any feminist, especially any NOW member, and indeed for anyone interested in the history of the modern women's movement in the United States.
  • Malogamand
This is a wonderful book. Written beautifully and providing a wonderful explanation of how NOW's style of governance affected how it has engaged in politics since its inception. If you are teaching or taking a class on interest groups, social movements, or women and politics, this book will make a great addition. Highly recommended.