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How political parties’ issue ownerships reduce to spatial proximity

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How political parties’ issue ownerships reduce to spatial proximity. / Seeberg, Henrik Bech.

I: West European Politics, Bind 43, Nr. 6, 09.2020, s. 1238-1261.

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Seeberg, Henrik Bech. / How political parties’ issue ownerships reduce to spatial proximity. I: West European Politics. 2020 ; Bind 43, Nr. 6. s. 1238-1261.

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