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Henrik Bech Seeberg

The impact of opposition criticism on the public’s evaluation of government competence

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The impact of opposition criticism on the public’s evaluation of government competence. / Seeberg, Henrik Bech.

I: Party Politics, Bind 26, Nr. 4, 07.2020, s. 484-495.

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