Voter turnout and municipal amalgamations: Evidence from Denmark

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Voter turnout and municipal amalgamations : Evidence from Denmark. / Bhatti, Yosef; Hansen, Kasper M.

In: Local Government Studies, Vol. 45, No. 5, 2019, p. 697-723.

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Bhatti, Y & Hansen, KM 2019, 'Voter turnout and municipal amalgamations: Evidence from Denmark', Local Government Studies, vol. 45, no. 5, pp. 697-723. https://doi.org/10.1080/03003930.2018.1563540

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Bhatti, Y., & Hansen, K. M. (2019). Voter turnout and municipal amalgamations: Evidence from Denmark. Local Government Studies, 45(5), 697-723. https://doi.org/10.1080/03003930.2018.1563540

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Bhatti Y, Hansen KM. Voter turnout and municipal amalgamations: Evidence from Denmark. Local Government Studies. 2019;45(5):697-723. https://doi.org/10.1080/03003930.2018.1563540

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Bhatti, Yosef ; Hansen, Kasper M. / Voter turnout and municipal amalgamations : Evidence from Denmark. In: Local Government Studies. 2019 ; Vol. 45, No. 5. pp. 697-723.

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