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Public Lecture: CAYR: Prof Siri Hettige on Sri Lanka's presidential election of 2015


Centre for Applied Youth Research (CAYR) Public Lecture

Start Date

30 Jul 2015 5:30 pm

End Date

30 Jul 2015 7:30 pm


Stanley Burbury Theatre, Sandy Bay campus

The Centre for Applied Youth Research (CAYR) presents:

Sri Lanka's Presidential Election of 2015:
Prospects for Good Governance and Evidence-based Public Policies

Siri Hettige, Professor of Sociology, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

The incumbent, post- war President of Sri Lanka, re- elected in 2010 on account of his victory over Tamil separatists in the northeast of the country, was defeated by a candidate from within his own party who was fielded as the common opposition candidate at the Presidential election held in January this year. While poor governance and corruption were the two main criticisms against the former regime, the new government has come under pressure to live up to public expectations. I argue in my presentation that the new government will not be able to address diverse issues in the country and satisfy the voters unless the leaders take steps to formulate and implement evidence based public policies. It is largely the lack of such a policy orientation that led to the failure of the previous regime to solve many of the critical issues in the country.

Siri Hettige is Chair of Sociology at the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. He is the Chairman of the Working Committee on Social Sciences at the National Science Foundation of Sri Lanka. He has published widely on youth, migration, ethnic conflict, governance and public policy. Currently, he is also an Adjunct Professor at RMIT University, Melbourne.

This public lecture is part of the CAYR inaugural symposium 30-31 July 201

Meeting the challenges facing youth in Asia and the Pacific

Public Lecture Flyer (PDF 153.1KB)

Symposium Program (PDF 481.2KB)

This event is proudly supported by the Institute for the Study of Social Change


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