The World System and the Hollowing Out of State Capacity : How Structural Adjustment Programs Affect Bureaucratic Quality in Developing Countries. / Reinsberg, Bernhard; Kentikelenis, Alexander; Stubbs, Thomas; King, Lawrence P.

In: American Journal of Sociology, Vol. 124, No. 4, 01.2019, p. 1222-1257.

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In: American Journal of Sociology, Vol. 124, No. 4, 01.2019, p. 1222-1257.

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Reinsberg, Bernhard ; Kentikelenis, Alexander ; Stubbs, Thomas ; King, Lawrence P. / The World System and the Hollowing Out of State Capacity : How Structural Adjustment Programs Affect Bureaucratic Quality in Developing Countries. In: American Journal of Sociology. 2019 ; Vol. 124, No. 4. pp. 1222-1257.

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