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Political alignment and intergovernmental transfers in parliamentary systems : evidence from Germany

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BASKARAN, Thushyanthan, Zohal HESSAMI, 2017. Political alignment and intergovernmental transfers in parliamentary systems : evidence from Germany. In: Public Choice. 171(1-2), pp. 75-98. ISSN 0048-5829. eISSN 1573-7101

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