Rules that Matter: Political Institutions and the Polarization-Conflict Nexus


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SCHNEIDER, Gerald, Nina WIESEHOMEIER, 2008. Rules that Matter: Political Institutions and the Polarization-Conflict Nexus. In: Journal of Peace Research. 45(2), pp. 183-203. ISSN 0022-3433. eISSN 1460-3578. Available under: doi: 10.1177/0022343307087176

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