Sunil Bastian

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.

A Crisis of Post-war Sinhala nationalist state

A Crisis of Post-war Sinhala nationalist state Analysis of the political system and political elite controlling the state in the context of current situation in Sri Lanka

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

This article argues that analysing the Sri Lankan state as a product of history is essential to understand the current situation. This means state is not treated as a finished, self contained entity. State formation as an ongoing process is a better way of looking at the Sri Lankan state. These are initial thoughts on this. This analysis implies we need to have a political vision that combines social justice, pluralism and deepening democracy fas an alternative political vision..

Few thoughts to begin 2021 (2021)

Written at the beginning of 2021 this is short reflection of what Sri Lankan has become.

Current situation in Sri Lanka - Some observations (2021)

At present Sri Lankan state is facing a number of problems. This an analysis within a framework that focuses on the state. The main argument is it is difficult to understand the problems faced by the Sri Lanka unless we take into account forty years of liberalisation and thirty years of armed conflict.

State formation - key ideas (2021)

A conceptual framework to analyse the history of state formation in Sri Lanka.

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.


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.

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

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.

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


Results of LG Election in February 2018 (2018)

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

(2006) How Development Undermined Peace.

Sri Lanka Ideological battles (2018)


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