Reconstitute Sri Lanka is a joint project of the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) and the Edinburgh Centre for Constitutional Law (ECCL) of the University of Edinburgh. Two teams of researchers in Colombo and Edinburgh work on the project, and it is directed by Dr Asanga Welikala, Senior Lecturer in Public Law at Edinburgh Law School, Associate Director of ECCL, and Senior Research Fellow at CPA.

The project undertakes research towards developing concrete legislative proposals for implementing governance reforms for irreversible democratisation in Sri Lanka. It also produces public information materials, including audio-visual social media content and training materials. This page hosts the outputs of the Reconstitute Sri Lanka project.






  • H. Kumarasingham (Ed.) (2015) The Road to Temple Trees by Sir Ivor Jennings  (Colombo: Centre for Policy Alternatives)





Working Papers


Reports & Polls

    1. Devolution in the Eastern Province: Implementation of the Thirteenth Amendment and Public Perceptions, 2008 – 2010
    2. Policy Brief – Devolution in the Northern Province, September 2013 – February 2015
    3. Opinion Poll on Constitutional Reform, February 2016
    4. A New Devolution Settlement for Sri Lanka: Proceedings and Outcomes, Conference of Provincial Councils, August 2016
    5. Topline Report – Opinion Poll on Constitutional Reform, October 2016
    6. Top Line Report – Opinion Poll on Constitutional Reform, March  2017
    7. Report – Confidence in Democratic Governance Index, March 2024


These primers are short entry-level introductions to the core concepts of political science and constitutional law. They were prepared by Gayanthi Ranatunga.

  1. The State
  2. Democracies
  3. Authoritarian Regimes
  4. Legislature
  5. Governments and Bureaucracies 
  6. Constitutions, Rights and Courts
  7. Elections and Referendums
  8. Multilevel Governance
  9. Political Parties
  10. Party Systems
  11. Interest Groups
  12. Region
  13. Political Culture
  14. Political Participation
  15. Political Community
  16. Policy Making
  17. Conservatism
  18. Liberalism
  19. Social Democracy
  20. Communism
  21. Economic Libertarianism
  22. Green Ideology
  23. Nationalism
  24. Fascism
  25. Populism
  26. Republicanism
  27. Feminism
  28. Islamic Ideology
  29. Chinese Political Ideologies
  30. SA & SEA Ideologies

Social Media

Reconstitute Sri Lanka on YouTube:


Episode 2: Reconstituting the Economic Constitution | Dr. Asanga Welikala

Episode 3: Reconstituting the Political Constitution | Dr. Asanga Welikala

Episode 4: Reconstituting Governance | Dr. Asanga Welikala


Episode 1: ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථාමය විකල්ප | දේශපාලන උපාය ප්‍රතිනිර්මාණය කිරීම

Episode 2: ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථාමය විකල්ප | ආර්ථික ක්‍රමවේදය ප්‍රතිනිර්මාණය කිරීම

Episode 3: ශ්‍රී ලංකාව ප්‍රතිනිර්මාණය කිරීම | දේශපාලන ක්‍රමය ප්‍රති-ව්‍යවස්ථාගත කිරීම

Episode 4: ශ්‍රී ලංකාව ප්‍රතිනිර්මාණය කිරීම | රාජ්‍ය පාලන ක්‍රමය ප්‍රති-ව්‍යවස්ථාගත කිරීම


Episode 1: இலங்கையின் அரசியலமைப்பு மறுசீரமைப்பு / மாற்று அரசியலமைப்பு / அரசியல் மூலோபாய சீர்திருத்தம்

Episode 2: இலங்கையின் அரசியலமைப்பு மறுசீரமைப்பு | பொருளாதார அரசியலைமப்பினை உருவாக்குதல்

Episode 3: இலங்கையின் அரசியலமைப்பு மறுசீரமைப்பு | அரசியல் யாப்பை மீள்ட்ட்மைத்தல்

Episode 4: இலங்கையின் அரசியலமைப்பு மறுசீரமைப்பு | அரசியலமைப்பு மாற்றீடுகள்