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Mediating the margins: the role of brokers and the Eastern Provincial Council in Sri Lanka’s post-war transition


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Goodhand, J., Klem, B. and Walton, O., 2017. Mediating the margins: the role of brokers and the Eastern Provincial Council in Sri Lanka’s post-war transition. Third World Thematics

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    https://doi.org/10.1080/23802014.2016.1302816

    Abstract

    This article explores the political dynamics surrounding the Eastern Provincial Council during Sri Lanka’s post-war transition. We show that decentralisation constituted an intervention in conflict, rather than a solution to it. It creates new institutional arenas to re-negotiate centre-periphery relations, resulting in new forms of political mobilisation. There are crucial spatial dimensions to these contentions: it involves contested territorialisation of power, scalar manoeuvring, and boundary drawing. We illustrate how wider tensions between deconcentration and devolution play out in Sri Lanka’s Eastern Province, highlighting the key role performed by brokers in mediating centre-periphery relations, both through and alongside the Provincial Council.

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    Item Type Articles
    CreatorsGoodhand, J., Klem, B. and Walton, O.
    DOI10.1080/23802014.2016.1302816
    DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Social & Policy Sciences
    Research CentresCentre for Development Studies
    RefereedYes
    StatusPublished
    ID Code54864

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