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Title: When does service provision support or undermine state legitimacy? : higher education and processes of state (de-) legitimation in Sri Lanka
Author: McLoughlin, Claire Louise
ISNI:       0000 0004 6424 9702
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2017
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This thesis examines the received wisdom in state-building debates that service provision can improve state legitimacy. It presents an in-depth, historical study of the relationship between university education and processes of state (de-)legitimation in Sri Lanka. The analysis focuses on three critical junctures when the social contract around higher education was being made, broken and defended. The major finding is that service provision can matter for state legitimacy, but not in the instrumental sense depicted in state-building models. Service provision needs to satisfy certain shared values and normative criteria in order to be significant for state legitimacy. It can undermine legitimacy when it signals that the state is contravening shared values or acting on the basis of unfair rules and procedures. Services become tied to state legitimacy at critical junctures of crisis and change that are historically reinforcing and institutionalise path dependency in the significance of the service for state legitimacy and the functioning of the service itself. These findings call for an expansion of the remit of empirical enquiry into the services-legitimacy relationship in three senses: from the material to the non-material, from snapshots to longer-term observations, and from politics as background to politics as the locus of explanation.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Developmental Leadership Program
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: JQ Political institutions Asia ; LB2300 Higher Education