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Victory in War and Defeat in Peace: Politics and Economics of Post-Conflict Sri Lanka

Athukorala, Premachandra; Jayasuriya, Sisira


This paper examines causes and implications of Sri Lanka's political regime shift in February 2015, which has been widely hailed a victory for democracy, against the backdrop of the country's political and economic development in the post-independence era. The regime shift vividly demonstrates that voters, given the chance, turn against leaders they perceive to be corrupt, nepotistic, or needlessly divisive, even if they deliver handsome growth figures; there are limits to gaining political...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: Asian Economic Papers
DOI: 10.1162/ASEP-a-00371
Access Rights: Open Access


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