De La Democratie En Europe: Old Concepts and New Challenges

  title={De La Democratie En Europe: Old Concepts and New Challenges},
  author={Yves M{\'e}ny},
  journal={Wiley-Blackwell: Journal of Common Market Studies},
  • Y. Mény
  • Published 1 March 2003
  • Political Science
  • Wiley-Blackwell: Journal of Common Market Studies
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