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Responsive Withdrawal? The Politics of EU Agenda-Setting. / Reh, Christine; Bressanelli, Edoardo; Koop, Christina.

In: Journal of European Public Policy, Vol. 27, No. 3, 2020, p. 419-438.

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Reh, C, Bressanelli, E & Koop, C 2020, 'Responsive Withdrawal? The Politics of EU Agenda-Setting', Journal of European Public Policy, vol. 27, no. 3, pp. 419-438.

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Reh, C., Bressanelli, E., & Koop, C. (2020). Responsive Withdrawal? The Politics of EU Agenda-Setting. Journal of European Public Policy, 27(3), 419-438.

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Reh C, Bressanelli E, Koop C. Responsive Withdrawal? The Politics of EU Agenda-Setting. Journal of European Public Policy. 2020;27(3):419-438.

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Reh, Christine ; Bressanelli, Edoardo ; Koop, Christina. / Responsive Withdrawal? The Politics of EU Agenda-Setting. In: Journal of European Public Policy. 2020 ; Vol. 27, No. 3. pp. 419-438.

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