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Politics of Gross National Happiness: Governance and Development in Bhutan
Published by Springer International Publishing AG
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.
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.
Chapter 1: Governance, power and human development.- Chapter 2: Gross National Happiness.- Chapter 3: The Gross National Happiness governance framework.- Chapter 4: The Last Shangri-La? Fractured tourism governance.- Chapter 5: Wrestling and cigarettes: Conflict in media governance.- Chapter 6: I will die before you cut my land : Communities and farm road governance.- Chapter 7: Successful ambiguity: Human-wildlife conflict and governance.- Chapter 8: Rethinking governance, power and human development.
Kent Schroeder is Director of International Development Projects in the Business School at Humber College, Canada. In 2015 Kent received a Certificate of Appreciation from Bhutan's Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay for his contributions to Gross National Happiness.
Reviewer: Caleb Simmons
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