Cognitive and Rhetorical Styles of Traditionalist and Reformist Soviet Politicians: A Content Analysis Study

  title={Cognitive and Rhetorical Styles of Traditionalist and Reformist Soviet Politicians: A Content Analysis Study},
  author={Philip E. Tetlock and Richard Boettger},
  journal={Political Psychology},
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