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Shaping Political Preferences: Information Effects in Political-Administrative Systems

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Shaping Political Preferences: Information Effects in Political-Administrative Systems. / Blom-Hansen, Jens; Bækgaard, Martin; Serritzlew, Søren.

I: Local Government Studies, Bind 42, Nr. 1, 2016, s. 119-138.

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