CPA launches web book on Presidentialism

Reforming Sri Lankan Presidentialism – Provenance, Problems and Prospects is a collection of scholarly essays edited by Asanga Welikala.

Download the entire contents of the book, by Volume or by individual contribution, here.

Bala-VannamaThe cover of the book …Chandraguptha Thenuwara

ASANGA HOLDING FORTH 11ASANGA HOLDING FORTH 22 Preface – Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu

Editor’s Introduction – Asanga Welikala

Volume 1
Part I – The Sri Lankan Presidency: Institutional Characteristics
1.     Bonapartism and the Anglo-American Constitutional Tradition in Sri Lanka: Reassessing the 1978 Constitution – Radhika Coomaraswamy
2.     Parliament in a Presidential System – Reeza Hameed
3.     The Judiciary under the 1978 Constitution – Nihal Jayawickrama
4.     The Presidency and the Supreme Court: The Constitutional Jurisprudence of Presidential Powers under the 1978 Constitution –Sachintha Dias
5.     The Executive Presidency and Immunity from Suit: Article 35 as Outlier – Niran Anketell
6.     An Eager Embrace: Emergency Rule and Authoritarianism in Republican Sri Lanka – Deepika Udagama
7.     Human Rights and the 1978 Constitution – Laksiri Fernando
8.     The Executive and the Shadow State in Sri Lanka – Ambika Satkunanathan
Part II – Policy Rationales for Presidentialism: The Management of Pluralism and Economic Development
9.     The Devolution of Power and the Executive Presidency – Luwie Ganeshathasan
10.  Flawed Expectations: The Executive Presidency, Resolving the National Question, and Tamils – Kumaravadivel Guruparan


11.  Presidentialism, the 1978 Constitution, and the Muslims – A.M. Faaiz
12.  Economic Development and the Executive Presidency – Rajesh Venugopal
Part III – Kingship and Presidentialism: Historical Continuities between Past and Present
13.  Nation, State, Sovereignty and Kingship: The Pre-Modern Antecedents of the Presidential State – Asanga Welikala
14.  Cosmology, Presidentialism and J.R. Jayewardene’s Constitutional Imaginary – Roshan de Silva Wijeyeratne
15.  The ‘Line’ between Religion and Politics – Ananda Abeysekera
16.  Jathika Chinthanaya and the Executive Presidency – Kalana Senaratne
17.  Mahinda Rajapaksa as Modern Mahavasala and Font of Clemency? The Roots of Populist Authoritarianism – Michael Roberts
Volume 2
Part IV – Presidentialism: Comparative Perspectives
18.  Failure of Quasi-Gaullist Presidentialism in Sri Lanka – Suri Ratnapala
19.  Making of the Imperial U.S. President: A Review – Mark Hager
20.  Exporting the American Presidential System to Sri Lanka: A Sceptical View of the Prospects for Democratic Consolidation under and Executive President in a Plural Society – Nikhil Narayan
21.  The French Fifth Republic – Kamaya Jayatissa
22.  Centralising Authority: Comparing Executive Power in India and Sri Lanka – Rehan Abeyratne
Part V – Presidentialism, Democracy and Pluralism: Alternative Constitutional Forms
23.  Some Pillars for Lanka’s Future – Michael Roberts
24.  A Reflection on National Unity, the Presidency, and the Institutional Form of the Sri Lankan State – Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu
25.  Unconventional Conventions: Power Partnerships in the Sri Lankan Executive – H. Kumarasingham
26.  The Overmighty Executive Reconsidered – Chandra R. de Silva
27.  The Executive Presidency: A Left Perspective – Jayampathy Wickramaratne
28.  Constitutionalism and Sri Lanka’s Gaullist Presidential System –Rohan Edrisinha


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