The state, civil society and the shadow stateAnalysing three vectors of relationality

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The state, civil society and the shadow state : Analysing three vectors of relationality. / Jones, Rhys; Royles, Elin.

In: Geoforum, Vol. 114, 01.08.2020, p. 40-48.

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