Identifying obstacles to small group democracy

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This pair of studies examines some of the obstacles groups encounter in their attempts to practice small group democracy. Through a critical case study, a number of problems are identified, including excessive meeting length, unequal involvement in the group, unequal commitment to group goals, cliques and “miniconsensus,” differences in communication skills and styles, anid protracted interpersonal conflicts. The second study tests the external validity of thefirst study'Sfindings, suggesting that these obstacles may, indeed4 be common and formidable barriers to small group democracy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-27
Number of pages23
JournalSmall Group Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1993

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Applied Psychology


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