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Economic Policy in Sri Lanka: Issues and Debates

Saman Kelegama (Editor)
Synopsis The national planning exercise of the Sri Lankan economy was started in the early 1950s and the economic liberalization exercise was started in the mid-1960s. Both were initiated to support the economic development activities of the country. The chief architect of these initiatives was Gamani Corea, to whom this volume is dedicated. These processes gave rise to an extensive policy debate within the country which culminated in the more radical liberalization of the economy starting from 1977 and which continues till today. This volume provides thorough analysis of this debate and highlights crucial economic issues pertaining to contemporary Sri Lanka. It discusses the historical evolution of policy and the ideology governing it, the debates surrounding the policy, and key contemporary issues in economic policy relating to all segments of the economy. Bringing together contributions by 23 eminent economists and social scientists, this book is unique in the comprehensiveness of its coverage and treatment and in its special focus on debates. The essays in the book are grouped in six sections: Development strategy and ideology. Macroeconomic policy. Agriculture, industry and technology development. Employment and labour. Institutional governance issues. Social welfare. Offering a detailed and insightful study of economic policy in Sri Lanka, this book is invaluable for students, teachers and researchers interested in Sri Lanka's economy, development economics and the process of policy-making.
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About the author

Saman Kelegama

Saman Kelegama is Executive Director, Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka. He was the former President of the Sri Lanka Economic Association. Dr. Kelegama received his Doctorate from Oxford and Masters from IIT, Kanpur, India. He is also a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences of Sri Lanka and co-editor of the South Asia Economic Journal. Among Dr. Kelegama's recent publications are Contemporary Economic Issues: Sri Lanka in the Global Context (2006), South Asia after the Quota System: The Impact of the MFA Phase-Out (2005) and Economic Policy in Sri Lanka: Issues and Debates (2004).

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Title Economic Policy in Sri Lanka: Issues and Debates
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8178294109
length 522p., Figures; Tables; Illustrations; 25cm.