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Special advisers and the transmission of ideas from the policy primeval soup. / Gains, Francesca; Stoker, Gerry.

In: Policy & Politics, Vol. 39, No. 4, 10.2011, p. 485-498.

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Gains, Francesca ; Stoker, Gerry. / Special advisers and the transmission of ideas from the policy primeval soup. In: Policy & Politics. 2011 ; Vol. 39, No. 4. pp. 485-498.

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