chapter  8
Summary
WithRobert C. Oberst
Pages 11

This conclusion presents some closing thoughts on the key concepts discussed in the preceding chapters of this book. The book describes the legislator-constituent relationship in Sri Lanka. It argues that representational behavior can occur in all components of a legislator's job. The book shows that the Sri Lankan legislators and their constituents interacted on matters of constituency service and development work. It also argues that the representational role types first proposed by Heinz Eulau. The book deals with the members' meetings with their constituents and their work with development projects. However, it was found that the distribution of authority in the parliament is an important factor influencing the behavior and attitudes of the Sri Lankan legislators. It would appear that the law-making component of a legislator's job is different from the other components in the way constituents are represented.