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Power, Politics and Policy Transfer. / Ellison, Nicholas Richard.

In: Journal of Asian Public Policy, 19.11.2016, p. 1-17.

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Ellison, NR 2016, 'Power, Politics and Policy Transfer', Journal of Asian Public Policy, pp. 1-17. https://doi.org/10.1080/17516234.2016.1258519

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Ellison NR. Power, Politics and Policy Transfer. Journal of Asian Public Policy. 2016 Nov 19;1-17. https://doi.org/10.1080/17516234.2016.1258519

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