Populism and the Politics of Redemption

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Populism and the Politics of Redemption. / Brito-Vieira, Monica Alexandra; Carreira da Silva, Filipe.

In: Thesis Eleven, Vol. 149, No. 1, 14.12.2018, p. 10-30.

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Brito-Vieira, MA & Carreira da Silva, F 2018, 'Populism and the Politics of Redemption', Thesis Eleven, vol. 149, no. 1, pp. 10-30. https://doi.org/10.1177/0725513618813374

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Brito-Vieira, M. A., & Carreira da Silva, F. (2018). Populism and the Politics of Redemption. Thesis Eleven, 149(1), 10-30. https://doi.org/10.1177/0725513618813374

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Brito-Vieira MA, Carreira da Silva F. Populism and the Politics of Redemption. Thesis Eleven. 2018 Dec 14;149(1):10-30. https://doi.org/10.1177/0725513618813374

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Brito-Vieira, Monica Alexandra ; Carreira da Silva, Filipe. / Populism and the Politics of Redemption. In: Thesis Eleven. 2018 ; Vol. 149, No. 1. pp. 10-30.

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