chapter  3
Legislative Attitudes
WithRobert C. Oberst
Pages 9

This chapter examines the attitudes of the Sri Lankan legislators toward the job they are doing and what they believe they should be doing. These legislators will be referred to as "rebels" and include eight backbenchers, one minister and one opposition member of the Seventh Parliament, and one deputy minister from the Eighth Parliament. In order to gain an idea of what the Sri Lankan members of parliament feel about their job as a legislator, they were asked what they believed to be the most important part of their job as a member of parliament and what aspects of their job consumed the greatest amount of their time. All of the rebels attempted to take an active part in the promotion of national issues and legislation. The chapter presents an argument that is very important for an understanding of representation in Sri Lanka.