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Discretion as blame avoidance: Passing the buck to local authorities in ‘welfare reform’

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Discretion as blame avoidance: Passing the buck to local authorities in ‘welfare reform’. / Meers, Jed Graham.

In: Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, Vol. 27, No. 1, 28.02.2019, p. 41-60.

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Meers, JG 2019, 'Discretion as blame avoidance: Passing the buck to local authorities in ‘welfare reform’', Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, vol. 27, no. 1, pp. 41-60. https://doi.org/10.1332/175982718X15451305440442

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Meers, J. G. (2019). Discretion as blame avoidance: Passing the buck to local authorities in ‘welfare reform’. Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, 27(1), 41-60. https://doi.org/10.1332/175982718X15451305440442

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Meers JG. Discretion as blame avoidance: Passing the buck to local authorities in ‘welfare reform’. Journal of Poverty and Social Justice. 2019 Feb 28;27(1):41-60. https://doi.org/10.1332/175982718X15451305440442

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Meers, Jed Graham. / Discretion as blame avoidance: Passing the buck to local authorities in ‘welfare reform’. In: Journal of Poverty and Social Justice. 2019 ; Vol. 27, No. 1. pp. 41-60.

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