Policy development for crisis management in the context of Sri Lanka

Isuru Koswatte, Chandrika Fernando

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The paper aims to explore the key policy devising measures under crisis management in dealing with the covid-19 pandemic. A key argument in the study is that building policy for crisis requires the understanding of both governance capacity as well as legitimacy. Through the theoreti- cal lens of crisis management and resilience building, the study explores the key literature on the topic to arrive at a conceptual framework which is further explored through mixed-method research. The study explores the phenomenon in the context of Sri Lanka and its mechanism to deal with the pandemic. Fifteen interviews were conducted, followed by a sur- vey covering key sectors of tourism, information technology and educa- tion to understand the extent to which crisis management strategies were achieved in the policy procedures. The article identifies some key themes:
political capacity, stakeholder involvement, input capacity and throughput capacity in the overall governance system that requires further improve-
ments, including the gender differences in accepting the policy decisions, which can be explored in future work for greater insight.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)295-327
Number of pages33
JournalManaging Global Transitions
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 28 Sept 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • crisis management
  • COVID-19
  • resilience building
  • governance capacity
  • governance legitimacy


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