The Question of Roles and Identities in Public Administration

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    Udgivelsesdato: December
    OriginalsprogEngelsk
    TidsskriftScandinavian Political Studies
    Vol/bind30
    Udgave nummer4
    Sider (fra-til)469-490
    Antal sider22
    ISSN0080-6757
    DOI
    StatusUdgivet - 2007

    Emneord

    • Roleanalyse
    • Statsforvaltning
    • identitet
    • Forvaltning

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