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Reflections on contemporary debates in policy studies. / Ayres, Sarah ; Marsh, Alex D.

In: Policy and Politics, Vol. 41, No. 4, 10.2013, p. 643-663.

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Ayres, Sarah ; Marsh, Alex D. / Reflections on contemporary debates in policy studies. In: Policy and Politics. 2013 ; Vol. 41, No. 4. pp. 643-663.

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