Eugenic Ideas, Political Interests, and Policy Variance: Immigration and Sterilization Policy in Britain and the U.S.

  title={Eugenic Ideas, Political Interests, and Policy Variance: Immigration and Sterilization Policy in Britain and the U.S.},
  author={Randall S. Hansen and Desmond King},
  journal={World Politics},
  pages={237 - 263}
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  • Lindvall
  • Economics, Political Science
  • 2010
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