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Are associations really democracies?

from Associations Now

We like to tout democratic principles at the heart of associations, but the comparison between membership and citizenship doesn't always hold up. Say what you will about the American political system, but the leaders we choose to represent us are ever mindful of the constituents they represent; if they aren't, they get booted out in the next election. This is not so often the case in associations, where competency-based boards have supplanted constituency-based ones, member voting in board elections is minimal, and consensus-based decision making is the norm. more


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