How to compare regional powers: analytical concepts and research topics

  title={How to compare regional powers: analytical concepts and research topics},
  author={Detlef Nolte},
  journal={Review of International Studies},
  pages={881 - 901}
  • D. Nolte
  • Published 1 October 2010
  • Economics
  • Review of International Studies
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