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Sunil Bastian
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Rethinking the idea of state security

By questioning how we understand the state, this article proses a new way of looking at what do we mean by state security. Post-colonilal Sri Lankan is taken as an example to explain.

Some thoughts on the current global context

Global context interpreted as a world of global capitalism and major power conflicts. Brief comment on implications for the Sri Lankan state.

Reflections on social justice and pluralism

Advocating social justice and pluralism as central planks for progressive politics.

The Sri Lankan state in a changing global context – some thoughts

How current global changes are affecting the Sri Lanka. Role of three major powers US, India and China

State formation, the politics of capitalist transition and conflicts

An interpretation of the recent economic crisis, protests and state repression in Sri Lanka

Some thoughts on Inequality

Current economic crisis of Sri Lanka and economic inequality

Concept of state formation and contemporary policy issues in Sri Lanka

Concept of state formation and contemporary policy issues in Sri Lanka A discussion of policy issues for progressive politics in contemporary Sri Lanka baed on the concept of state formation

Sunil Bastian is a political economist. His current research interests are politics of state formation and development of capitalism in Sri Lanka. He has published widely, and is the editor of Devolution and Development in Sri Lanka (1994). He has co-edited with Nicola Bastian, Assessing Participation, A debate from South Asia (1996), and with Robin Luckham, Can Democracy be Designed? The Politics of Institutional Choice in Conflict-torn Societies (2003) published by Zed Press, London. His most recent publication is The Politics of Foreign Aid in Sri Lanka. Promoting Markets and Supporting Peace (2007).  He has been a Senior Research Fellow at the International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Colombo and chairperson of the Centre for Poverty Analysis. He has more than two decades of consultancy experience with a range of donor agencies.

BOOKS

Assessing participation - A debate from south asia Assessing participation - A debate from south asia
(1997) Co-editor, Assessing Participation: A Debate from South Asia. New Delhi: ITDG/Konark Publishers.

The politics of foreign Aid in Sri Lanka The politics of foreign Aid in Sri Lanka
(2007) Politics of foreign aid in Sri Lanka, Promoting markets and supporting peace. Colombo: International Centre for Ethnic Studies.

Can democracy be designed? Can democracy be designed?
(2003) Co-editor, Can Democracy be Designed? London: Zed Books.

Devolution and Development in Sri Lanka Devolution and Development in Sri Lanka
(1994) Editor, Devolution and Development. New Delhi: Konark Publishers.

ARTICLES

Results of LG Election in February 2018 (2018)

(2006) How Development Undermined Peace.

(1999) Poverty Alleviation through Smallholder Agriculture – Fighting a Loosing Battle?

(2009) Politics of Social Exclusion, State Reform and Security in Sri Lanka.

GALLERY

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