Symbolic Power in European Diplomacy: The Struggle Between National Foreign Services and the EU's External Action Service

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Symbolic Power in European Diplomacy: The Struggle Between National Foreign Services and the EU's External Action Service. / Adler-Nissen, Rebecca.

In: Review of International Studies, Vol. 40, No. 4, 2014, p. 657-681.

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Adler-Nissen, R 2014, 'Symbolic Power in European Diplomacy: The Struggle Between National Foreign Services and the EU's External Action Service', Review of International Studies, vol. 40, no. 4, pp. 657-681. https://doi.org//10.1017/S0260210513000326

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Adler-Nissen, R. (2014). Symbolic Power in European Diplomacy: The Struggle Between National Foreign Services and the EU's External Action Service. Review of International Studies, 40(4), 657-681. https://doi.org//10.1017/S0260210513000326

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Adler-Nissen R. Symbolic Power in European Diplomacy: The Struggle Between National Foreign Services and the EU's External Action Service. Review of International Studies. 2014;40(4):657-681. https://doi.org//10.1017/S0260210513000326

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Adler-Nissen, Rebecca. / Symbolic Power in European Diplomacy: The Struggle Between National Foreign Services and the EU's External Action Service. In: Review of International Studies. 2014 ; Vol. 40, No. 4. pp. 657-681.

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