Cultures of Facts

  title={Cultures of Facts},
  author={Kim Lane Scheppele},
  journal={Perspectives on Politics},
  pages={363 - 368}
  • K. Scheppele
  • Published 1 June 2003
  • Sociology
  • Perspectives on Politics
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