Recovering the politics of the city

@article{Davidson2015RecoveringTP,
  title={Recovering the politics of the city},
  author={Mark S. Davidson and Kurt Iveson},
  journal={Progress in Human Geography},
  year={2015},
  volume={39},
  pages={543 - 559}
}
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