Micropolitics: Mechanisms of Institutional Change

  title={Micropolitics: Mechanisms of Institutional Change},
  author={Tom R. Burns},
  journal={Administrative Science Quarterly},
  • T. Burns
  • Published 1 December 1961
  • Economics
  • Administrative Science Quarterly
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