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

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

by Johannes Dragsbaek Schmidt (Editor)

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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; 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783319838601
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Publication date: 07/20/2018
Series: Contemporary South Asian Studies
Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2017
Pages: 263
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Johannes Dragsbaek Schmidt is Associate Professor at Aalborg University, Denmark. He is Senior Expert at Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS), Copenhagen University, Denmark. He has held visiting research fellowships in Australia, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Poland, and was recently a Visiting Professor at the Institute for Political Economy, Carleton University, Canada in 2009. Additionally he has been a consultant to UNESCO, the World Bank and the Irish Development Agency. He has a broad spectrum of research interests, varying from globalisation and international division of labour to social and welfare policy and state regulations with a focus on East and South-East Asia. He has been Director of Studies in International Affairs in Five years (1998-2003); Chairman and Board member of Nordic NIAS Council Nordic Institute for Asian Studies, 2004-2005 and 2009-2010.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Development Challenges in Bhutan - Perspectives on Inequality and Gross National Happiness.- Part 1: Comparing Bhutan’s Development Trajectories. - Chapter 2: Sociocultural and Political Change in Bhutan since the 1980s: Reflections from a Distance.- Chapter 3: Donor-assisted Ethno-Nationalism and Education Policy in Bhutan.- Part 2: GNH, Equality and Inclusion/Exclusion.- Chapter 4: Gross National Happiness and Inequality.- Chapter 5: Distress Migration and Individual Happiness in Bhutan.- Part 3: Culture, Legal issues and the Politics of Change.- Chapter 6: A Form of “Democratization Project” in Contemporary Bhutan: Being Apolitical and being Religious.- Chapter 7: Law, “Tradition” and Legitimacy: Contesting Driglam namzha.- Part 4: Governance and Integration.- Chapter 8: Between Hopeful Intentions and Disenchanting Constraints: Lessons Learned in Bhutan’s Nationwide E-Governance Initiative.- Chapter 9: Disaster Governance, Inequality and Poverty Alleviation in Bhutan: Towards integrated and preventive policies.- Part 5: Health, Food and Disparities.- Chapter 10: Regional Disparities and Food Problems in Bhutan.- Chapter 11: Policy Synergies in Health-Promoting Education in Bhutan.

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