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"Global" discourses of democracy and an English city. / Farrelly, Michael.

In: Journal of Language and Politics, Vol. 7, No. 3, 2008, p. 413-430.

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Farrelly, M 2008, '"Global" discourses of democracy and an English city', Journal of Language and Politics, vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 413-430. https://doi.org/10.1075/jlp.7.3.04far

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Farrelly, M. (2008). "Global" discourses of democracy and an English city. Journal of Language and Politics, 7(3), 413-430. https://doi.org/10.1075/jlp.7.3.04far

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Farrelly M. "Global" discourses of democracy and an English city. Journal of Language and Politics. 2008;7(3):413-430. https://doi.org/10.1075/jlp.7.3.04far

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Farrelly, Michael. / "Global" discourses of democracy and an English city. In: Journal of Language and Politics. 2008 ; Vol. 7, No. 3. pp. 413-430.

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