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Winning hearts and minds with economic sanctions? Evidence from a survey experiment in Venezuela

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Winning hearts and minds with economic sanctions? Evidence from a survey experiment in Venezuela. / Sejersen, Mikkel.

I: Foreign Policy Analysis, Bind 17, Nr. 1, oraa008, 01.2021.

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Sejersen, Mikkel. / Winning hearts and minds with economic sanctions? Evidence from a survey experiment in Venezuela. I: Foreign Policy Analysis. 2021 ; Bind 17, Nr. 1.

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