BHUTAN: ONE YEAR AFTER CORONATION OF FIFTH GYALPO – UPDATE NO. 80 by Dr. S Chandrasekharan
BHUTAN: DEMOCRACY TAKING HEALTHY ROOTS: UPDATE NO. 79 by Dr. S Chandrasekharan
BHUTAN: THE REFUGEE PROBLEM- A REVIEW by Dr. S Chandrasekharan
BHUTAN: PROBLEMS IN IMPLEMENTING THE CONSTITUTION-UPDATE NO. 77 by Dr. S Chandrasekharan
BHUTAN: ONE YEAR OF DEMOCRACY- A REVIEW by Dr. S Chandrasekharan
BHUTAN: MAOISTS GETTING MORE ACTIVE- UPDATE NO. 75 by Dr. S Chandrasekharan
Brooks, Jeremy Scott (2009), ‘Conservation and Development: Following the middle path in the Kingdom of Bhutan’, (University of California, Davis).
The three components of this dissertation are designed to explore the relationship between development and conservation at different scales. The first component of the study was a meta-analysis based on a global sample of conservation and development projects in which my colleagues and I find support for the prediction that market integration, access to local resources, and participation in project design and implementation are associated with multiple ecological, economic and social indicators of success.
The second component of the study was conducted in the Kingdom of Bhutan and was designed to [read more...]
O’Flynn, Janine and Deborah Blackman (2009), ‘Experimenting with Organisational Development in Bhutan: A tool for Reform and the Achievement of Multi Level Goals?’, Public Administration and Development, 29 (2), 133-44.
In this article we present a unique study of how a nation, Bhutan, is using a specific change management approach—organisational development—as the lever for system-level change in pursuit of a complex, multi-level suite of goals to, ultimately, enhance Gross National Happiness (GNH). We argue that this represents one of the first attempts at using OD for wide-scale change, something hinted at decades ago, and flagged by recent work coming out of the United Nations Development Program and civil society organisations (CSOs). Conceptually, we [read more...]
Dhakal, Dharmendra, Gyan Pradhan, and Kamal P. Upadhyaya (2009), ‘Nepal and Bhutan: Economic Growth in two Shangri-Las’, International Journal of Social Economics, 36 (1/2), 124-37.
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the economic development strategies of Nepal and Bhutan to understand the economic factors that have contributed to economic growth.
Design/methodology/approach – After a brief discussion of each country’s modern history, their economies are examined together with their development strategies during the past half century. Standard economic growth models for Nepal and Bhutan are developed and estimated. To ensure the stationarity of the data series, tests of unit root are conducted. Further, a cointegration test is conducted [read more...]
Braun, Alejandro Adler (2009), ‘Gross National Happiness in Bhutan: A Living Example of an Alternative Approach to Progress’, Working Paper, Wharton School: University of Pennsylvania.
As a society we care about what we measure, we use what we measure, and what we measure drives policies and society in a particular direction. We therefore need to measure progress correctly. If societies blindly accept GDP as their measure of progress, they might be trying to maximize the wrong indicator for society. In this paper I present Bhutan as a living example of a society that has opened a national dialogue about what progress means, and they have created the Gross National Happiness (GNH) index to [read more...]
Casella, Alexander (2009), ‘Nepal finally waves away refugees’, AsiaTimes Online Edition, 15 December 2009.
After dragging on for close to 18 years – often in almost farcical fashion – at an estimated cost of some US$350 million, resolution of the Bhutan refugee crisis is at hand. This month, the first batch of 25,000 refugees left camps in seven United Nations-supervised camps in eastern Nepal, and the vast majority of the 86,000 remaining have signed up for resettlement in the West; most of them are heading for the United States.
The origin of the crisis, which has exposed bureaucratic bungling and nationalist fervor at their worst, lies not so much in Bhutan [read more...]
Ferrero, Mario (2009), ‘The Rise and Demise of Theocracy: Theory and some Evidence’, paper presented in the session on “Religion and Democracy” at the annual conference of the Association for Public Economic Theory held in Galway, June 17-20, 2009
This paper models theocracy as a regime where the clergy in power retains knowledge of the cost of political production but which is potentially incompetent or corrupt. This is contrasted with a secular regime where government is contracted out to a secular ruler, and hence the church loses the possibility to observe costs and creates for itself a hidden-information agency problem. The church is free to choose between regimes – a make-or-buy choice – [read more...]
Gallenkamp, Marian (2009), One Year after the Polls – The State of Bhutanese Democracy, Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS Article No. 2873).
One year after the elections, Bhutan still has to finalize the institutionalization and consolidation of its democracy. For example . the Supreme Court is yet to be set up. . The government and the parliament in general are working slowly but surely towards passing sufficient legislation for institutions and procedures as envisaged by the constitution, while at the same time dealing with the day-to-day business of the chambers and addressing the problems and challenges of the nation. The tasks ahead are great and expectations are high, but in recent [read more...]
Whelpton, John (2009), ‘Nepal and Bhutan in 2008: A New Beginning?’, Asian Survey, 49 (1), 53-58.
In Nepal, the twice-postponed elections for the Constituent Assembly were successfully held in April 2008. The Maoists, who obtained a plurality of seats, took office at the head of a multi-party coalition following the formal abolition of the monarchy. Yet, fundamental issues still remained unresolved, including integrating the guerrilla forces into the national army. In Bhutan, elections for the lower house were won decisively by the party led by Jigme Thinley, and the country’s new Constitution was promulgated.