Politics of Gross National Happiness

Governance and Development in Bhutan

  • Kent Schroeder

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  10. Back Matter
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About this book


This book explores the practices of governance in Bhutan and how they shape the implementation of the country’s Gross National Happiness (GNH) development strategy. The author examines whether Bhutan’s innovative GNH governance framework successfully navigates competing power dynamics and generates the intended human development outcomes of Gross National Happiness. The analysis is structured around a comparison of the implementation of four GNH development policies – tourism, media, farm roads and human/wildlife conflict – and their larger implications on power, governance and the human development paradigm in Bhutan and beyond. 


Buddhism South Asia Tourism Farm Roads Wildlife Environmental Sustainability Cultural Values Cultural Preservation Cultural Promotion Socio-economic Development Good Governance Public Sector Reform Democratization Private Sector Civil Society Donor Actors Media Policy Social Services Decentralization Bhutan

Authors and affiliations

  • Kent Schroeder
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  1. 1.Humber CollegeTorontoCanada

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