What you see is what you get? - Review article: Encounters with modern Ireland: a sociological chronicle, 1995-96 / Michel Peillon and Eamonn Slater (eds.). Dublin: Institute of Public Administration, 1998.
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Citation:Torode, Brian. 'What you see is what you get? - Review article: Encounters with modern Ireland: a sociological chronicle, 1995-96 / Michel Peillon and Eamonn Slater (eds.).' Dublin: Institute of Public Administration, 1998.'' - Economic & Social Review, Vol. 30, No. 1, January, 1999, pp. 91-107, Dublin: Economic & Social Research Institute
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