Development Challenges in Bhutan: Perspectives on Inequality and Gross National Happiness

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This book provides essential insights into Bhutan’s developmental challenges. It analyzes and scrutinizes the sovereign state’s developmental approach, including the idea of Gross National Happiness (GNH), which has replaced Gross National Product (GNP) as a measurement of prosperity. The authors also explore and deconstruct ideational and cultural aspects of knowledge production and present a critical overall assessment of the political economy of education policy, health, ICT and migration in Bhutan.
The book is divided into five parts all taking a critical approach towards inequality: Part one offers an assessment of Bhutan’s developmental trajectories; part two deals with GNH, equality and inclusion versus exclusion; part three is devoted to culture, legal issues and the politics of change; and part four to governance and integration. Finally, section five addresses health, food and disparities. This book will appeal to all scholars of South Asian affairs and development studies, as well as to diplomats and professionals involved in development aid.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBerlin
Number of pages311
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-47925-5
Commissioning bodyDanida / Danish Foreign Ministry
Publication statusPublished - 2017
SeriesContemporary South Asian Studies

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