Measuring the Extent of Party Institutionalisation: The Case of a Populist Entrepreneur Party

@article{Arter2014MeasuringTE,
  title={Measuring the Extent of Party Institutionalisation: The Case of a Populist Entrepreneur Party},
  author={David Arter and Elina Kestil{\"a}-Kekkonen},
  journal={West European Politics},
  year={2014},
  volume={37},
  pages={932 - 956}
}
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