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Civil society in Central and Eastern Europe: The ambivalent legacy of accession. / Kutter, Amelie; Trappmann, Vera.

In: Acta Politica, Vol. 45, No. 1-2, 04.2010, p. 41-69.

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Kutter, Amelie ; Trappmann, Vera. / Civil society in Central and Eastern Europe: The ambivalent legacy of accession. In: Acta Politica. 2010 ; Vol. 45, No. 1-2. pp. 41-69.

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