TVA and the Grass Roots: A Study in the Sociology of Formal Organization

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CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION
TV A and Democratic Planning3
PART ONE: OFFICIAL DOCTRINE -- PARAPHRASE AND ANALYSIS
I. The Idea of a "Grass Roots" Administration19
The need for decentralization of administration22
Minimum essentials28
Managerial autonomy29
The partnership of TV A and the people's institutions37
Decentralization and regional unity41
II. The Functions and Dilemmas of Official Doctrine47
Sources and functions47
Unanalyzed abstractions59
Administrative discretion64
Inherent dilemmas69
Implications for U. S.-TV A relations74
PART TWO: THE INFORMAL CöOPTATION OF GRASS-ROOTS ELEMENTS -- AN ADMINISTRATIVE CONSTITUENCY AND ITS CONSEQUENCES
III. TV A and the Farm Leadership: The Construction of an Administrative Constituency85
TV A's agricultural responsibilities85
Approaching the grass roots91
The memorandum of understanding95
The decision for phosphates98
Extent of the program99
The TV A machinery104
IV. TV A and the Farm Leadership (Continued)117
Character of the extension service117
Pattern of coöperation124
Integration of TV A and extension-service programs129
Relations to the Farm Bureau141
An administrative constituency145

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