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Decentralization and Development of Sri Lanka Within a Unitary State

Editors: Cooray, N.S., Abeyratne, Sirimal (Eds.)

  • Departs from the controversial devolution concept
  • Suggests solutions to problems causing ethnic conflict
  • Is a timely publication as the new Sri Lankan government takes measures to devolve power and make progress toward reconciliation
  • Offers valuable insights from internationally respected researchers, academics, civil servants, and administrators
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This comprehensive volume provides uniquely diverse insights into various aspects of decentralization and development from both developed and developing countries, with special reference to Sri Lanka. For a quarter century, Sri Lanka was battered by its prolonged civil war, which ended in 2009, but has now achieved relative peace and stability. Having developed rapidly, Sri Lanka offers a classic example for developing countries. There is, however, a strong need, particularly in the context of postwar conflict, to formulate policies for reconciliation, peace building, and development at all levels—local, provincial, and national.

 Decentralization itself is not a new subject; however, how to devolve power to local administrative levels within a unitary system and how to link the devolved power to make local administrative systems more conducive to development and provide better services for citizens are challenging tasks in many countries.

 Taking into account the developmental, governance, and conciliatory needs and the sensitivity of central–local relations, this volume critically examines the local government systems in Sri Lanka. It also proposes a viable, effective and autonomous local-level administrative unit based, which draws on experiences from Japan and other countries, and identifies the role and functions of such a unit.

 The book presents commissioned papers from a three-year research project undertaken by internationally respected experts with financial support by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) under a Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research. 

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Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Introduction and Overview

    Cooray, N. S. (et al.)

    Pages 1-16

  • Local Government System in Sri Lanka: A Historical Overview

    Navaratna-Bandara, A. M.

    Pages 19-32

  • Developmental Role and Financing of Sub-National Units of Government: The Case of Provincial Councils in Sri Lanka

    Lakshman, W. D.

    Pages 33-60

  • Intergovernmental Fiscal Framework for Local Government and Centre-Local Revenue and Expenditure Sharing: A Comparative Analysis

    Gunawardena, Asoka

    Pages 61-91

  • Towards an Appropriate Public Local Government Unit for Sri Lanka

    Cooray, N. S. (et al.)

    Pages 93-107

Buy this book

eBook $149.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-981-10-4259-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $189.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-981-10-4258-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Decentralization and Development of Sri Lanka Within a Unitary State
Editors
  • N.S. Cooray
  • Sirimal Abeyratne
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-10-4259-1
DOI
10.1007/978-981-10-4259-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-10-4258-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 364
Number of Illustrations and Tables
21 b/w illustrations, 55 illustrations in colour
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