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'New' approaches confront 'old' challenges in African public sector reform. / Yanguas Gil, Pablo; Bukenya, Badru.

In: Third World Quarterly, Vol. 37, No. 1, 2016, p. 136-152.

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Yanguas Gil, Pablo ; Bukenya, Badru. / 'New' approaches confront 'old' challenges in African public sector reform. In: Third World Quarterly. 2016 ; Vol. 37, No. 1. pp. 136-152.

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