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Organizational Maintenance and the Retention Decision in Groups

Rothenberg, Lawrence S. (1988) Organizational Maintenance and the Retention Decision in Groups. American Political Science Review, 82 (4). pp. 1129-1152. ISSN 0003-0554. doi:10.2307/1961753.

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Understanding why members leave or remain in groups has received little attention despite its fundamental importance for organizational maintenance. In this analysis, a theory of experiential search is proposed and applied to Common Cause. Group participation is conceptualized as a process by which imperfectly informed decision makers learn about the organizations they join. This framework makes quitting understandable and provides a link between the initial membership choice and follow-up decisions.

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Additional Information:© 1988 American Political Science Association. Earlier versions of this research can be found in California Institute of Technology Social Science Working Paper no. 651 and in a paper presented at the 1987 annual meeting of the Southern Political Science Association, Charlotte, NC. The assistance of John Aldrich, Kim Border, Bruce Cain, Jeffrey Dubin, Thomas Gilligan, Jonathan Nagler, Barbara Rothenberg, and John Wright is appreciated.
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Official Citation:Organizational Maintenance and the Retention Decision in Groups Lawrence S. Rothenberg The American Political Science Review Vol. 82, No. 4 (Dec., 1988) , pp. 1129-1152 Published by: American Political Science Association Stable URL:
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