• Kent SchroederEmail author


The Himalayan country of Bhutan is implementing a multidimensional development strategy known as Gross National Happiness (GNH). The uniqueness of GNH and its accompanying governance framework has attracted significant international interest. Yet little is known about how GNH policies are actually implemented on the ground in the context of competing power dynamics among diverse governance actors. This chapter frames and contextualizes this issue. It further argues that analysing the role of Bhutan’s GNH governance framework in shaping power dynamics can provide broader insights for governance and human development. This chapter discusses the state-in-society approach as the study’s analytical lens and reviews the study’s methodology. It concludes with an overview of the book’s structure.


Bhutan Governance Gross national happiness Human development Policy implementation Power State-in-society approach 


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  1. 1.Humber CollegeTorontoCanada

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