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War and Underdevelopment$
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Frances Stewart and Valpy Fitzgerald

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780199241880

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199241880.001.0001

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Sri Lanka: Civil Strife, Civil Society, and the State 1983–1995

Sri Lanka: Civil Strife, Civil Society, and the State 1983–1995

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(p.176) 7 Sri Lanka: Civil Strife, Civil Society, and the State 1983–1995
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War and Underdevelopment
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Meghan O'sullivan

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199241880.003.0007

This chapter examines Sri Lanka, looking beyond the destructive elements of conflict to examine the transforming effects of conflict. After analysing war-inflicted change at the macrolevel, it focuses on the impact of war at the household level and on human welfare, using a modified entitlements approach. It maintains this framework with the addition of the concept of civic entitlements, the assistance provided to the population by non-governmental institutions. Public and civic entitlements together comprise non-market entitlements. War alters the way in which people procure both market and non-market entitlements. The chapter also identifies notable ways in which Sri Lanka's experience has departed from conventional expectations about countries undergoing war.

Keywords:   Sri Lanka, modified entitlements, civic entitlements, market entitlements

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