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Financial volatility and public scrutiny as institutional determinants of financial industry firms' CSR. / Chalmers, Adam William; van den Broek, Onna Malou.

In: Business and Politics, Vol. 21, No. 2, 06.2019, p. 240-266.

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Chalmers, AW & van den Broek, OM 2019, 'Financial volatility and public scrutiny as institutional determinants of financial industry firms' CSR', Business and Politics, vol. 21, no. 2, pp. 240-266. https://doi.org/10.1017/bap.2018.28

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Chalmers, A. W., & van den Broek, O. M. (2019). Financial volatility and public scrutiny as institutional determinants of financial industry firms' CSR. Business and Politics, 21(2), 240-266. https://doi.org/10.1017/bap.2018.28

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Chalmers AW, van den Broek OM. Financial volatility and public scrutiny as institutional determinants of financial industry firms' CSR. Business and Politics. 2019 Jun;21(2):240-266. https://doi.org/10.1017/bap.2018.28

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Chalmers, Adam William ; van den Broek, Onna Malou. / Financial volatility and public scrutiny as institutional determinants of financial industry firms' CSR. In: Business and Politics. 2019 ; Vol. 21, No. 2. pp. 240-266.

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