A critical evaluation of governance in the framework of rural development in Turkey

Kovancı Shehrin, Petek
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P. Kovancı Shehrin, “A critical evaluation of governance in the framework of rural development in Turkey,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2005.