Reforming Sri Lankan Presidentialism

Reforming Sri Lankan Presidentialism

Reforming Sri Lankan Presidentialism – Provenance, Problems and Prospects is a collection of scholarly essays edited by Asanga Welikala.

Download the complete Volume 1 here, and Volume 2 here. Individual chapters and contributions can be downloaded as PDFs below.

List of Contributors
PrefacePaikiasothy Saravanamuttu
Editor’s IntroductionAsanga Welikala
Cover IllustrationChandraguptha Thenuwara

Volume 1

Part I – The Sri Lankan Presidency: Institutional Characteristics

  1. Bonapartism and the Anglo-American Constitutional Tradition in Sri Lanka: Reassessing the 1978 ConstitutionRadhika Coomaraswamy
  2. Parliament in a Presidential SystemReeza Hameed
  3. The Judiciary under the 1978 ConstitutionNihal Jayawickrama
  4. The Presidency and the Supreme Court: The Constitutional Jurisprudence of Presidential Powers under the 1978 ConstitutionSachintha Dias
  5. The Executive Presidency and Immunity from Suit: Article 35 as OutlierNiran Anketell
  6. An Eager Embrace: Emergency Rule and Authoritarianism in Republican Sri Lanka – Deepika Udagama
  7. Human Rights and the 1978 ConstitutionLaksiri Fernando
  8. The Executive and the Shadow State in Sri LankaAmbika Satkunanathan


Part II – Policy Rationales for Presidentialism: The Management of Pluralism and Economic Development

9. The Devolution of Power and the Executive PresidencyLuwie Ganeshathasan
10. Flawed Expectations: The Executive Presidency, Resolving the National Question, and TamilsKumaravadivel Guruparan
11. Presidentialism, the 1978 Constitution, and the MuslimsA.M. Faaiz
12. Economic Development and the Executive PresidencyRajesh Venugopal

Part III – Kingship and Presidentialism: Historical Continuities between Past and Present

13. Nation, State, Sovereignty and Kingship: The Pre-Modern Antecedents of the Presidential StateAsanga Welikala
14. Cosmology, Presidentialism and J.R. Jayewardene’s Constitutional Imaginary Roshan de Silva Wijeyeratne
15. The ‘Line’ between Religion and PoliticsAnanda Abeysekera
16. Jathika Chinthanaya and the Executive PresidencyKalana Senaratne
17. Mahinda Rajapaksa as Modern Mahavasala and Font of Clemency? The Roots of Populist AuthoritarianismMichael Roberts

Volume 2

Part IV – Presidentialism: Comparative Perspectives

18. Failure of Quasi-Gaullist Presidentialism in Sri LankaSuri Ratnapala

19. Making of the Imperial U.S. President: A ReviewMark Hager

20. Exporting the American Presidential System to Sri Lanka: A Sceptical View of the Prospects for Democratic Consolidation under and Executive President in a Plural SocietyNikhil Narayan

21. The French Fifth RepublicKamaya Jayatissa

22. Centralising Authority: Comparing Executive Power in India and Sri LankaRehan Abeyratne

Part V – Presidentialism, Democracy and Pluralism: Alternative Constitutional Forms

23. Some Pillars for Lanka’s FutureMichael Roberts

24. A Reflection on National Unity, the Presidency, and the Institutional Form of the Sri Lankan StatePaikiasothy Saravanamuttu

25. Unconventional Conventions: Power Partnerships in the Sri Lankan ExecutiveH. Kumarasingham

26. The Overmighty Executive ReconsideredChandra R. de Silva

27. The Executive Presidency: A Left PerspectiveJayampathy Wickramaratne

28. Constitutionalism and Sri Lanka’s Gaullist Presidential SystemRohan Edrisinha

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