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Women’s Labour Force Participation: Choice Versus Necessity – Ranmini Vithanagama

The benefits of women’s labour force participation (LFP) have been broadly discussed along two strands. The first is its utilitarian value. According to International Monetary Fund estimates, increasing women’s LFP can boost the national output levels by as much as 35% in developing countries. Globally, this increase can be as much as 26% (Orlando et …

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Outline of a Redistributive State in the Southern Periphery – Devaka Gunawardena

A clear line against political repression is beginning to emerge within democratic opposition forces in Sri Lanka, or broadly speaking, those who oppose the current government of Ranil Wickremesinghe. But the crisis of the old order requires thinking more about the relationship between politics and economics that is materialised in the State. The people’s movement …

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Polity Vol.10 No.1

Editorial The #GotaGoHome Protest Movement: Significance, Potential, and Challenges – Jayadeva Uyangoda Our Broken Nation Lies Before Us – From the Galle Face Aragala Bhoomiya “People Are Starting To See That We Were Right” – Two University Students interviewed by Hasini Lecamwasam “The Act of Protest is a Privilege” – Serika Siriwardhana interviewed by Treshan …

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Economic Crisis and Resistance in Batticaloa, Eastern Sri Lanka – Thavarasa Anukuvi

IntroductionThe question whether ‘the people’ of the North and East should or could protest in solidarity with the #GotaGoHome protest movement has been the subject of much debate (Pundir & Kanapathippillai 2022; Sandranathan 2022; Ellis-Petersen & Sandran 2022; De Soysa 2022; De Sayrah 2022). Since the end of the war, people in the North and …

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Solidarity among Women in Politics in Sri Lanka: Potentials and Challenges- Nadine Vanniasinkam and Viyanga Gunasekera

Given these shared challenges, in this article, we ask whether the quota for women in local government can foster solidarity among women within parties and across party lines to address gender discrimination and increase women’s representation and participation beyond local politics. Or is the idea of solidarity among women politicians to further their shared interests …

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(Changing) Economic Policies, (Increasing) Pressure on Land, and the (Continuing) Challenge of Land Governance in Sri Lanka – Urs Geiser

(Changing) Economic Policies, (Increasing) Pressure on LandAt this very moment, the people of Sri Lanka face the daunting challenge of an economic crisis that loomed for long, but then escalated through the ‘balance of payment problem’. This problem, though, is embedded in a wider crisis of political leadership with a government that has, by now, …

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‘The Writing Was on The Wall’: Debt Distress and Ways Forward in Sri Lanka – Jayati Ghosh

In the fourth in a series of talks organised by Polity magazine of the Social Scientists’ Association and the Women and Media Collective with feminist economists abroad to help us in Sri Lanka think through this economic crisis that we inhabit, and how best to respond to it in ways that take forward or at …

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“Galle Face was Important, but Not the Whole Thing” – Dileepa Witharana

Colombo’s Galle Face Green became a symbol of democratic activism in Sri Lanka, for more than 100 days from April to July 2022 with young people in particular from across the country converging there to protest against a president, his family, and their government, whose corruption and short sighted policies were chiefly blamed for the …

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