On the governmental use of multi-criteria analysis

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On the governmental use of multi-criteria analysis. / Cathérine, Gamper; Turcanu, Catrinel; Carlé, Benny (Peer reviewer); Laes, Erik (Peer reviewer).

In: Ecological Economics, Vol. 62, No. 2, 04.2007, p. 298-307.

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Cathérine, G, Turcanu, C, Carlé, B & Laes, E 2007, 'On the governmental use of multi-criteria analysis', Ecological Economics, vol. 62, no. 2, pp. 298-307.

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Cathérine, G., Turcanu, C., Carlé, B., & Laes, E. (2007). On the governmental use of multi-criteria analysis. Ecological Economics, 62(2), 298-307.

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Cathérine G, Turcanu C, Carlé B, Laes E. On the governmental use of multi-criteria analysis. Ecological Economics. 2007 Apr;62(2):298-307.

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Cathérine, Gamper ; Turcanu, Catrinel ; Carlé, Benny ; Laes, Erik. / On the governmental use of multi-criteria analysis. In: Ecological Economics. 2007 ; Vol. 62, No. 2. pp. 298-307.

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