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Sunil Bastian
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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

Crisis - Another view

A different view on the recent economic crisis of Sri Lanka with focus on the nature of the state

International dimension of Sri Lankan state formation

State formation has to be always studied in global context. This article focuses on this dimension with a focus on Sri Lanka

Reflections on state formation

Summary of a framework for analysing Sri Lankan state formation and relevance for understanding present context.

Politics of capitalist transition and state repression

This article shows the link between capitalist transition and the presidential system/PTA. These are both used as instruments of state repression. They need to be removed, not reformed, for progressive transformation of Sri Lankan society.

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

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

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.

ARTICLES

Concept of state formation and contemporary policy issues in Sri Lanka

(2006) How Development Undermined Peace.

Towards a debate on state formation in Sri Lanka (2021)

(1997) Development NGOs and Ethnic Conflict, some conceptual challenges. Nethra, Vol.1, No.3, April-June, ICES.

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