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Agreeable Authoritarians : Personality and Politics in Contemporary Russia. / Greene, Samuel; Robertson, Graeme.

In: COMPARATIVE POLITICAL STUDIES, Vol. 50, No. 13, 01.11.2017, p. 1802-1834 .

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Greene, S & Robertson, G 2017, 'Agreeable Authoritarians: Personality and Politics in Contemporary Russia', COMPARATIVE POLITICAL STUDIES, vol. 50, no. 13, pp. 1802-1834 . https://doi.org/10.1177/0010414016688005

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Greene, S., & Robertson, G. (2017). Agreeable Authoritarians: Personality and Politics in Contemporary Russia. COMPARATIVE POLITICAL STUDIES, 50(13), 1802-1834 . https://doi.org/10.1177/0010414016688005

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Greene S, Robertson G. Agreeable Authoritarians: Personality and Politics in Contemporary Russia. COMPARATIVE POLITICAL STUDIES. 2017 Nov 1;50(13):1802-1834 . https://doi.org/10.1177/0010414016688005

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Greene, Samuel ; Robertson, Graeme. / Agreeable Authoritarians : Personality and Politics in Contemporary Russia. In: COMPARATIVE POLITICAL STUDIES. 2017 ; Vol. 50, No. 13. pp. 1802-1834 .

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