The role of legislators In the economic development process of Third World nations has generally been viewed in terms of policy output at the national level. Their role in development projects at the local level has rarely been studied. It is argued here and in the following chapters that the Sri Lankan legislator's role in development projects is a form of policy making that is of extreme significance to Third World political systems. Their actions are of significance because of the link they form between the national government and the needs of local villagers.