Impaling Dracula: How EU Accession Empowered Civil Society in Romania

  title={Impaling Dracula: How EU Accession Empowered Civil Society in Romania},
  author={Cristina Elena Parau},
  journal={West European Politics},
  pages={119 - 141}
  • C. Parau
  • Published 1 January 2009
  • Economics
  • West European Politics
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