The Central Paradox of the Digital Age
Version of Record online: 5 NOV 2013
© 2013 The Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions
New Perspectives Quarterly
Volume 30, Issue 4, pages 131–135, October 2013
How to Cite
SCHMIDT, E. and COHEN, J. (2013), The Central Paradox of the Digital Age. New Perspectives Quarterly, 30: 131–135. doi: 10.1111/npqu.11415
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