Developing Sustainable Peripheries

  title={Developing Sustainable Peripheries},
  author={Edward J. Murphy},
  journal={Latin American Perspectives},
  pages={48 - 68}
  • E. Murphy
  • Published 1 November 2004
  • Political Science
  • Latin American Perspectives
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