Structures and Strategies in Relationships Between Non-Government Service Providers and Governments

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Structures and Strategies in Relationships Between Non-Government Service Providers and Governments. / Batley, Richard.

In: Public Administration and Development, Vol. 31, No. 4, 01.10.2011, p. 306-319.

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