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Reconfiguration, Contestation, and Decline: Conceptualizing Mature Large Technical Systems

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Reconfiguration, Contestation, and Decline : Conceptualizing Mature Large Technical Systems. / Sovacool, Benjamin K.; Lovell, Katherine; Ting, Marie Blanche.

I: Science Technology and Human Values, Bind 43, Nr. 6, 01.11.2018, s. 1066-1097.

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Sovacool, BK, Lovell, K & Ting, MB 2018, 'Reconfiguration, Contestation, and Decline: Conceptualizing Mature Large Technical Systems', Science Technology and Human Values, bind 43, nr. 6, s. 1066-1097. https://doi.org/10.1177/0162243918768074

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Sovacool, Benjamin K., Katherine Lovell og Marie Blanche Ting. "Reconfiguration, Contestation, and Decline: Conceptualizing Mature Large Technical Systems". Science Technology and Human Values. 2018, 43(6). 1066-1097. https://doi.org/10.1177/0162243918768074

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Sovacool, Benjamin K. ; Lovell, Katherine ; Ting, Marie Blanche. / Reconfiguration, Contestation, and Decline : Conceptualizing Mature Large Technical Systems. I: Science Technology and Human Values. 2018 ; Bind 43, Nr. 6. s. 1066-1097.

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