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Limits to market power: Strategic discourse and institutional path dependence in the European Union–African, Caribbean and Pacific Economic Partnership Agreements

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Limits to market power : Strategic discourse and institutional path dependence in the European Union–African, Caribbean and Pacific Economic Partnership Agreements. / Heron, Tony; Murray-Evans, Peg Megan Robyn.

In: European Journal of International Relations, 13.04.2016.

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Heron, T & Murray-Evans, PMR 2016, 'Limits to market power: Strategic discourse and institutional path dependence in the European Union–African, Caribbean and Pacific Economic Partnership Agreements' European Journal of International Relations. DOI: 10.1177/1354066116639359

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Heron, T., & Murray-Evans, P. M. R. (2016). Limits to market power: Strategic discourse and institutional path dependence in the European Union–African, Caribbean and Pacific Economic Partnership Agreements. European Journal of International Relations. DOI: 10.1177/1354066116639359

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Heron T, Murray-Evans PMR. Limits to market power: Strategic discourse and institutional path dependence in the European Union–African, Caribbean and Pacific Economic Partnership Agreements. European Journal of International Relations. 2016 Apr 13. Available from, DOI: 10.1177/1354066116639359

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Heron, Tony; Murray-Evans, Peg Megan Robyn / Limits to market power : Strategic discourse and institutional path dependence in the European Union–African, Caribbean and Pacific Economic Partnership Agreements.

In: European Journal of International Relations, 13.04.2016.

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