Liberal Peace in Question: Politics of State and Market Reform in Sri Lanka

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Kristian Stokke, Jayadeva Uyangoda
Anthem Press, 2011 - Political Science - 204 pages
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`A valuable edited volume on a paradigm for peace making which will both inform and enrich academic and policy level debate on the subject, and the particular challenge Sri Lanka now faces of moving from a post-war to a post-conflict Situation.'---Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, Executive Director, Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA), Sri Lanka

`The essays in this book deserve a wide readership. Together they provide an illuminating examination of the failure of international attempts to craft a liberal peace in Sri Lanka, in the context of analyses of the impacts of neo-liberalism on Sri Lanka's polity, economy and society. Their findings are certainly not happy ones, but they are of great importance for all those who are concerned with peace-building, both in general and in Sri Lanka in particular.---John Harriss, Professor and Director, School for International Studies, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Liberal Peace In Question: Politics of State and Market Reform in Sri Lanka uses Sri Lanka's failed attempt at negotiating peace with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam to examine the politics of state and market reforms towards liberal peace. Sri Lanka is seen as a critical case that demonstrates key characteristics and shortcomings of liberal peace, vividly demonstrated by internationally facilitated elite negotiations and donor-funded neoliberal development.

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About the author (2011)

Kristian Stokke is professor of human geography at the University of Oslo (Norway), specialising in movement politics, democratisation and conflict transformation. His most recent books include ‘Democratising Development: The Politics of Socio-economic Rights in South Africa’ (edited with Peris Jones, Martinus Nijhoff 2005), ‘Politicising Democracy: The New Local Politics of Democratisation’ (edited with John Harriss and Olle Törnquist, Palgrave 2004) and 'Rethinking Popular Representation' (edited with Olle Törnquist and Neil Webster, Palgrave 2009).

Jayadeva Uyangoda is professor of political science at the University of Colombo (Sri Lanka) and an acknowledged authority on conflicts in Sri Lanka and South Asia. He has written extensively on ethnic politics, political violence, human rights and conflict resolution, and has also worked closely with the Sri Lanka government on conflict resolution, peace negotiations and constitutional reforms.  His recent publications include ‘Conflict, Conflict Resolution and Peace Building: Introduction to Theories and Practices’ (University of Colombo 2005), ‘Sri Lanka’s Peace Process 2002: Critical Perspectives’ (edited with Morina Perera, Social Scientists’ Association 2003) and ‘Sri Lanka’s Ethnic Conflict: Changing Dynamics’ (East-West Center 2007).

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