Participation to administration in capitalist society : theoretical and political limitations of the critical and radical administrative theories

Güven, Erdem
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Citation Formats
E. Güven, “Participation to administration in capitalist society : theoretical and political limitations of the critical and radical administrative theories,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2012.