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

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The chapter aims to analyze Bhutan’s recent historical and contemporary development trajectory through a combined focus on both political economy and political culture. The combination of Gross National Happiness (GNH), democracy and the universal delivery of social services show a number of problems and potential contradictions. The objective is to give an overall critical insight into issues related to nation-building, GNH and inequality understood not only as a material or socio-economic term relating to income, assets, land, resources, health and gender but also as a political cultural construct relating to ethnicity, religion, participation, influence and collective and individual rights. The chapter introduces the issues covered by the contributions to the book and briefly describes the aims of each chapter.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDevelopment Challenges in Bhutan : Perspectives on Inequality and Gross National Happiness
EditorsJohannes Dragsbæk-Schmidt
Number of pages35
Place of PublicationBerlin
Publication date2017
Commissioning bodyDanida / Danish Foreign Ministry
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-47924-8
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-47925-5
Publication statusPublished - 2017
SeriesContemporary South Asian Studies

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