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Human Capital and Administrative Burden: The Role of Cognitive Resources in Citizen-State Interactions

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Human Capital and Administrative Burden : The Role of Cognitive Resources in Citizen-State Interactions. / Christensen, Julian; Aarøe, Lene; Bækgaard, Martin; Herd, Pamela; Moynihan, Donald P.

In: Public Administration Review, Vol. 80, No. 1, 2020, p. 127-136.

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Christensen, Julian ; Aarøe, Lene ; Bækgaard, Martin ; Herd, Pamela ; Moynihan, Donald P. / Human Capital and Administrative Burden : The Role of Cognitive Resources in Citizen-State Interactions. In: Public Administration Review. 2020 ; Vol. 80, No. 1. pp. 127-136.

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