Polity Volume 7, Issue 1, pp.44-48 (Download PDF)

This is an extract from the field diary of Mark Schubert who closely observed the electoral campaign of Mr. Eran Wickramaratne in the lead up to the August 2015 General Election. His fascinating account of a day on the campaign trail offers a unique insight into the mundane interactions and rationalities that intersect at the level of political practice. This reflexive piece points to the important role that the mundane plays in simultaneously, yet without contradiction, producing and subverting the function of democracy in Sri Lanka.

Campaign Trail Blues: Eran Wickramaratne’s 2015 General Election Campaign - Mark Schubert by Social Scientists' Association on Scribd

To encourage more critical debate and discussion, the Editors have chosen to close the comments sections for these articles. Readers interested in critical engagement with the views of the author are encouraged to write short responses (200-400 words) that may be carried in the Letters section of the next Issue of Polity. Such letters can be sent to the Editors, by emailing polity@ssalanka.org.