Constructions of Effectiveness and the Rationalization of Counterterrorism Policy: The Case of Biometric Passports

  title={Constructions of Effectiveness and the Rationalization of Counterterrorism Policy: The Case of Biometric Passports},
  author={Hendrik Hegemann and Martin Kahl},
  journal={Studies in Conflict \& Terrorism},
  pages={199 - 218}
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