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Studying power and influence in the European Union: Exploiting the complexity of post-Lisbon legislation with EUR-Lex

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Studying power and influence in the European Union : Exploiting the complexity of post-Lisbon legislation with EUR-Lex. / Blom-Hansen, Jens.

In: European Union Politics, Vol. 20, No. 4, 2019, p. 692-706.

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