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Critical legal studies and a complexity approach: some initial observations for law and policy

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Critical legal studies and a complexity approach : some initial observations for law and policy. / Webb, Tom.

Handbook on complexity and public policy. ed. / Robert Geyer; Paul Cairney. Cheltenham : Edward Elgar Publishing, 2015.

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Webb, T 2015, Critical legal studies and a complexity approach: some initial observations for law and policy. in R Geyer & P Cairney (eds), Handbook on complexity and public policy. Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham.

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Webb, T. (2015). Critical legal studies and a complexity approach: some initial observations for law and policy. In R. Geyer, & P. Cairney (Eds.), Handbook on complexity and public policy Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.

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Webb T. Critical legal studies and a complexity approach: some initial observations for law and policy. In Geyer R, Cairney P, editors, Handbook on complexity and public policy. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing. 2015

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Webb, Tom. / Critical legal studies and a complexity approach : some initial observations for law and policy. Handbook on complexity and public policy. editor / Robert Geyer ; Paul Cairney. Cheltenham : Edward Elgar Publishing, 2015.

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