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It’s all about mechanisms - what process-tracing case studies should be tracing

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It’s all about mechanisms - what process-tracing case studies should be tracing. / Beach, Derek.

I: New Political Economy, Bind 21, Nr. 5, 2016, s. 463-472.

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Beach, Derek. / It’s all about mechanisms - what process-tracing case studies should be tracing. I: New Political Economy. 2016 ; Bind 21, Nr. 5. s. 463-472.

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