Centralising authority: comparing executive power in India and Sri Lanka

Abeyratne, Rehan (2015) Centralising authority: comparing executive power in India and Sri Lanka. In: Reforming Sri Lankan presidentialism: Provenance, problems and prospects. Centre for Policy Alternatives, New Delhi, pp. 779-807. ISBN 9789554746367

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The 1978 Constitution is now independent Sri Lanka’s most enduring. While it was intended to promote greater stability and direct accountability to the people, it has, in practice, led towards authoritarianism and eroded the rule of law. As we reflect over 35 years of presidentialism in Sri Lanka, it is worth pondering a hypothetical question: how would Sri Lanka have fared over these years had it retained the Westminster parliamentary system? In this essay, I address this question through a comparative lens. By surveying the history of executive power in India, which has stood by parliamentary government throughout its independent history, and contrasting it with Sri Lanka, this chapter seeks to draw some preliminary lessons about the nature of executive power in the subcontinent.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Sri Lanka | Comparative Constitutional Law | Executive Power | India
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Social Sciences (General)
Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Law and Legal Studies
JGU School/Centre: Jindal Global Law School
Depositing User: Gena Veineithem
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2022 09:04
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2022 09:04
URI: https://pure.jgu.edu.in/id/eprint/3397


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