A Political Legacy of the British Empire: Power and the Westminster System in Post-Colonial India and Sri Lanka Harshan Kumarasingham

ISBN: 9781780762289

Published: January 22nd 2013

Hardcover

320 pages


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A Political Legacy of the British Empire: Power and the Westminster System in Post-Colonial India and Sri Lanka  by  Harshan Kumarasingham

A Political Legacy of the British Empire: Power and the Westminster System in Post-Colonial India and Sri Lanka by Harshan Kumarasingham
January 22nd 2013 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 320 pages | ISBN: 9781780762289 | 5.72 Mb

As the British Empire receded, India and neighboring Sri Lanka, then known as Ceylon, preserved the Westminster -style political system left by their colonial rulers. Both South Asian countries became independent in the late 1940s in widelyMoreAs the British Empire receded, India and neighboring Sri Lanka, then known as Ceylon, preserved the Westminster -style political system left by their colonial rulers.

Both South Asian countries became independent in the late 1940s in widely differing styles: India fought a violent campaign of mass political activism, becoming a republic under Prime Minister Nehru, while Sri Lankas indigenous elite, among them future Prime Minister Bandaranaike, negotiated independence through a gentlemans agreement. Here, Harshan Kumarasingham analyses the crucial first decade of independence for both countries. The impact of cultural conditions on the exercise of Westminster-style executive power gives an invaluable insight into the ambiguous and flexible tenets of the Westminster political system itself, as well as shedding light upon the development of India and Sri Lanka today.

This book brings a new analytical model to bear upon a crucial nation-building era in countries where the needs of the wider population were often at odds with the aims of their westernized rulers.



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