Reforming our democracy by Smith, John

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Published by University of Strathclyde Scottish Local Authorities Management Centre in Glasgow .

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Statementby John Smith.
SeriesThe Richard Stewart memorial lecture -- no.1: 1992
ContributionsUniversity of Strathclyde. Scottish Local Authorities Management Centre.
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