Party System Institutionalization in Ghana and Senegal

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OSEI, Anja, 2012. Party System Institutionalization in Ghana and Senegal. In: Journal of Asian and African Studies. 48(5), pp. 577-593. ISSN 0021-9096. eISSN 1745-2538. Available under: doi: 10.1177/0021909612465720

@article{Osei2012Party-26786, title={Party System Institutionalization in Ghana and Senegal}, year={2012}, doi={10.1177/0021909612465720}, number={5}, volume={48}, issn={0021-9096}, journal={Journal of Asian and African Studies}, pages={577--593}, author={Osei, Anja} }

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