Coercive policy diffusion in a developing country

the case of public-private partnerships in Sri Lanka

Ranjith Appuhami*, Sujatha Perera, Hector Perera

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Over the last two decades, public-private partnership policy has been adopted in developing countries to a lesser degree than in industrialised countries. This paper argues that this policy has been diffused to developing countries like Sri Lanka with coercion from international aid-granting organisations through conditionalities attached to financial assistance. It details the country-specific challenges faced by Sri Lanka in responding to conditionalities as it has sought to implement this policy. Drawing on policy diffusion theory the paper develops a framework to be used in analysing the issues under investigation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)431-451
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Contemporary Asia
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2011

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