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Authoritarianism in the Age of Market Liberalism in Sri Lanka

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The agenda for “good governance” postulates that it constitutes both a precondition for and an outcome of economic development. In direct opposition, neo-Marxist analyses assert a causal link between economic liberalization and bureaucratic-authoritarian regimes. This article argues that the relationship between governance and economic development cannot be resolved in such abstract and ahistorical terms but must be approached through concrete analyses of political strategies around and within the post-colonial state. A closer examination of authoritarianism and economic liberalization in Sri Lanka supports this argument.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo, Norway

Publication date: 1997-10-01

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