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The politics of market reform at a time of civil war: military fiscalism in Sri Lanka

Venugopal, Rajesh (2011) The politics of market reform at a time of civil war: military fiscalism in Sri Lanka. Economic and Political Weekly, 46 (49). pp. 67-75. ISSN 0012-9976

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Abstract

This paper analyses the paradoxical story of growth/reform amidst civil war in a country. The civil war in Sri Lanka, the paper explains, has been of functional significance to the promotion of economic growth by mitigating the adverse social impact of the market reform agenda in the south of the country. The escalating military budget in the country during the civil war years between 1983 and the present has compensated for the contraction of the State due to market liberalisation and thus made the reform agenda politically viable.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.epw.in/
Additional Information: © 2011 Economic and Political Weekly
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HG Finance
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Sets: Departments > International Development
Collections > Economists Online
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2012 14:14
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2013 12:50
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/41373

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