Polity, bureaucracy, and interest groups in the Near East and North Africa by George Grassmuck

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  • Public administration -- Middle East.,
  • Public administration -- Africa, North.,
  • Middle East -- Politics and government.,
  • Africa, North -- Politics and government.

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Statementby George Grassmuck.
SeriesCAG occasional papers
The Physical Object
Paginationii, 81 leaves ;
Number of Pages81
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Open LibraryOL13587736M

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