The United Kingdom 2017 election : polarisation in a split issue space. / Vaccari, Cristian; Smets, Kaat; Heath, Oliver.

In: West European Politics, Vol. 43, No. 3, 2020, p. 587-609.

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The United Kingdom 2017 election : polarisation in a split issue space. / Vaccari, Cristian; Smets, Kaat; Heath, Oliver.

In: West European Politics, Vol. 43, No. 3, 2020, p. 587-609.

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Vaccari, Cristian ; Smets, Kaat ; Heath, Oliver. / The United Kingdom 2017 election : polarisation in a split issue space. In: West European Politics. 2020 ; Vol. 43, No. 3. pp. 587-609.

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