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Do Voters Benchmark Economic Performance?

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  26 June 2019

Vincent Arel-Bundock*
Department of Political Science, Université de Montréal
André Blais
Department of Political Science, Université de Montréal
Ruth Dassonneville
Department of Political Science, Université de Montréal
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