And If the Opponents of Gender Ideology Are Right? Gender Politics, Europeanization, and the Democratic Deficit

  title={And If the Opponents of Gender Ideology Are Right? Gender Politics, Europeanization, and the Democratic Deficit},
  author={Marta Rawłuszko},
  journal={Politics \& Gender},
  pages={301 - 323}
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