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Public Relations Capitalism: Promotional Culture, Publics and Commercial Democracy

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Public Relations Capitalism : Promotional Culture, Publics and Commercial Democracy. / Cronin, Anne Margaret.

Cham : Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.

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