Growing Green Democracy? Barriers to Ecological Modernization in Democratizing States

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Growing Green Democracy? Barriers to Ecological Modernization in Democratizing States. / O'Brien, Thomas Anthony.

In: Environmental Policy and Governance, Vol. 23, No. 4, 14.08.2013, p. 247-258.

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O'Brien, TA 2013, 'Growing Green Democracy? Barriers to Ecological Modernization in Democratizing States', Environmental Policy and Governance, vol. 23, no. 4, pp. 247-258. https://doi.org/10.1002/eet.1617

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O'Brien, T. A. (2013). Growing Green Democracy? Barriers to Ecological Modernization in Democratizing States. Environmental Policy and Governance, 23(4), 247-258. https://doi.org/10.1002/eet.1617

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O'Brien TA. Growing Green Democracy? Barriers to Ecological Modernization in Democratizing States. Environmental Policy and Governance. 2013 Aug 14;23(4):247-258. https://doi.org/10.1002/eet.1617

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O'Brien, Thomas Anthony. / Growing Green Democracy? Barriers to Ecological Modernization in Democratizing States. In: Environmental Policy and Governance. 2013 ; Vol. 23, No. 4. pp. 247-258.

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