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Analysing the Rospuda River controversy in Poland : Rhetoric, Environmental Activism, and the Influence of the European Union

Analysing the Rospuda River controversy in Poland : Rhetoric, Environmental Activism, and the Influence of the European Union

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SZULECKA, Julia, Kacper SZULECKI, 2013. Analysing the Rospuda River controversy in Poland : Rhetoric, Environmental Activism, and the Influence of the European Union. In: East European Politics. 29(4), pp. 397-419. ISSN 2159-9165. eISSN 2159-9173

@article{Szulecka2013Analy-35177, title={Analysing the Rospuda River controversy in Poland : Rhetoric, Environmental Activism, and the Influence of the European Union}, year={2013}, doi={10.1080/21599165.2013.836701}, number={4}, volume={29}, issn={2159-9165}, journal={East European Politics}, pages={397--419}, author={Szulecka, Julia and Szulecki, Kacper} }

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