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.

Marshall and Citizenship Theorising

Marshall and citizenship theorising


In the light of the pointed criticisms of the welfare state by orthodox liberals, neo-conservatives and the radical Left, the question of how one justifies ‘welfare’, not just the welfare state, has become a critical issue of contemporary social theory. In this respect, the seminal work of the sociologist T.H. Marshall (1973) on citizenship theorising is particularly relevant for those social policy theorists, anxious to reclaim the moral and systematic bases of welfare and the welfare state. These theorists have drawn heavily on the ‘idea of citizenship’ originating from Marshall's classic essay, Citizenship and Social Class (Bottomore 1992). Admittedly, the views of Marshall on citizenship and welfare have been an important intellectual driving force in British social policy ...

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