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All in the Family : Partisan Disagreement and Electoral Mobilization in Intimate Networks - A Spillover Experiment. / Foos, Florian; de Rooij, Eline A.

In: AMERICAN JOURNAL OF POLITICAL SCIENCE, Vol. 61, No. 2, 03.04.2017, p. 289–304.

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Foos, F & de Rooij, EA 2017, 'All in the Family: Partisan Disagreement and Electoral Mobilization in Intimate Networks - A Spillover Experiment', AMERICAN JOURNAL OF POLITICAL SCIENCE, vol. 61, no. 2, pp. 289–304. https://doi.org/10.1111/ajps.12270

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Foos, F., & de Rooij, E. A. (2017). All in the Family: Partisan Disagreement and Electoral Mobilization in Intimate Networks - A Spillover Experiment. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF POLITICAL SCIENCE, 61(2), 289–304. https://doi.org/10.1111/ajps.12270

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Foos F, de Rooij EA. All in the Family: Partisan Disagreement and Electoral Mobilization in Intimate Networks - A Spillover Experiment. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF POLITICAL SCIENCE. 2017 Apr 3;61(2):289–304. https://doi.org/10.1111/ajps.12270

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Foos, Florian ; de Rooij, Eline A. / All in the Family : Partisan Disagreement and Electoral Mobilization in Intimate Networks - A Spillover Experiment. In: AMERICAN JOURNAL OF POLITICAL SCIENCE. 2017 ; Vol. 61, No. 2. pp. 289–304.

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