Contingent Democrats: Industrialists, Labor, and Democratization in Late-Developing Countries

  title={Contingent Democrats: Industrialists, Labor, and Democratization in Late-Developing Countries},
  author={Eva Bellin},
  journal={World Politics},
  pages={175 - 205}
  • E. Bellin
  • Published 1 January 2000
  • Economics, Political Science
  • World Politics
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