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Are digital parties more democratic than traditional parties? Evaluating Podemos and Movimento 5 Stelle’s online decision-making platforms

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Are digital parties more democratic than traditional parties? Evaluating Podemos and Movimento 5 Stelle’s online decision-making platforms. / Gerbaudo, Paolo.

In: Party Politics, 2019.

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Gerbaudo, P 2019, 'Are digital parties more democratic than traditional parties? Evaluating Podemos and Movimento 5 Stelle’s online decision-making platforms', Party Politics. https://doi.org/10.1177/1354068819884878

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Gerbaudo, P. (2019). Are digital parties more democratic than traditional parties? Evaluating Podemos and Movimento 5 Stelle’s online decision-making platforms. Party Politics. https://doi.org/10.1177/1354068819884878

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Gerbaudo P. Are digital parties more democratic than traditional parties? Evaluating Podemos and Movimento 5 Stelle’s online decision-making platforms. Party Politics. 2019. https://doi.org/10.1177/1354068819884878

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Gerbaudo, Paolo. / Are digital parties more democratic than traditional parties? Evaluating Podemos and Movimento 5 Stelle’s online decision-making platforms. In: Party Politics. 2019.

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