This work presents a systematic historical and analytical understanding of Sri Lanka's social development. Instead of merely focusing on economic yardsticks, it studies the country's development in the conceptual framework of social policy, with an emphasis on the way current institutions reflect the impact of previous political conflicts and struggles.

The book critiques the country's social policy from the perspectives of the Western theories of ‘welfare state’ and development studies. It also provides valuable insights into the issues of modernization and democratization in colonial settings by analyzing the distinctive nature of the Sri Lankan colonial experience. The book also looks at the future prospects of development in Sri Lanka in view of the unfolding of the complex social and political milieu following the end of the twenty-five-year-old civil war in the country.

This book will be a seminal reference resource for students and researchers working in the fields of development studies, colonial studies, South Asian studies, sociology, history, and political science.

Postscript: Taking Stock after the Fall of Sri Lanka's ‘Berlin Wall’

Postscript: Taking Stock after the Fall of Sri Lanka's ‘Berlin Wall’

Postscript: Taking stock after the fall of Sri Lanka's ‘Berlin Wall’

The dramatic events following the formal ending of the 25-year civil war in Sri Lanka—the fall of Sri Lanka's ‘Berlin Wall’—arising from the Tamil insurgency led by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), casts a new light on the developmental prospects for the country in the foreseeable future. The civil war stands out as a prime example of a global problem of intractable ethnic conflicts with deep-rooted historical and structural causes. Hence, it is important to contextualise this protracted social conflict in Sri Lanka against the background in which it took place.1 This was one of a country enmeshed since the 1980s in ...

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