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Explaining fraud deviancy attenuation in the United Kingdom

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Explaining fraud deviancy attenuation in the United Kingdom. / Button, Mark; Tunley, Martin James.

In: Crime, Law and Social Change, Vol. 63, No. 1-2, 03.2015, p. 49-64.

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Button, M & Tunley, MJ 2015, 'Explaining fraud deviancy attenuation in the United Kingdom', Crime, Law and Social Change, vol. 63, no. 1-2, pp. 49-64. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10611-015-9551-0

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Button, M., & Tunley, M. J. (2015). Explaining fraud deviancy attenuation in the United Kingdom. Crime, Law and Social Change, 63(1-2), 49-64. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10611-015-9551-0

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Button, Mark ; Tunley, Martin James. / Explaining fraud deviancy attenuation in the United Kingdom. In: Crime, Law and Social Change. 2015 ; Vol. 63, No. 1-2. pp. 49-64.

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