Governments, decentralisation and the risk of electoral defeat. / Collignon, Sofia.

In: West European Politics, Vol. 42, No. 1, 11.10.2018, p. 173-200.

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Governments, decentralisation and the risk of electoral defeat. / Collignon, Sofia.

In: West European Politics, Vol. 42, No. 1, 11.10.2018, p. 173-200.

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Collignon, Sofia. / Governments, decentralisation and the risk of electoral defeat. In: West European Politics. 2018 ; Vol. 42, No. 1. pp. 173-200.

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