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Does Fiscal Austerity Affect Political Decision-Makers’ Use and Perception of Performance Information?

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Does Fiscal Austerity Affect Political Decision-Makers’ Use and Perception of Performance Information? / Bjørnholt, Bente; Bækgaard, Martin; Houlberg, Kurt.

I: Public Performance and Management Review, Bind 39, Nr. 3, 2016, s. 560-580.

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Bjørnholt, Bente ; Bækgaard, Martin ; Houlberg, Kurt. / Does Fiscal Austerity Affect Political Decision-Makers’ Use and Perception of Performance Information?. I: Public Performance and Management Review. 2016 ; Bind 39, Nr. 3. s. 560-580.

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