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Towards a New Conceptualization of Gross National Happiness and Its Foundations
This article seeks to articulate the centrality of morality within Gross National Happiness (GNH). The author critiques the current models of development which are predominately amoral. Citing the mo...
The Positive Impact on Gomchen Tradition on Achieving and Maintaining Gross National Happiness
This paper proposes that Gomchens (sgom chen), "great meditators" who make up a special type of religious practitioner in Bhutan, are a significant resource as advisors in the implementation of...
How Should Happiness Guide Policy? Why Gross National Happiness Is Not Opposed to Democracy
This article is concerned with Gross National Happiness (GNH) as a guide to public policy decisions. The article briefly summarizes the author's conception of "deliberative democracy" as a system of p...
Bhutan's Quadrilemma: To Join or Not Join the WTO, That Is the Question
This article argues that Gross National Happiness (GNH) must take on concrete objectives and time-frames if it is to be a serious national policy of Bhutan. Within that context, the article specifical...
Cherry Picking in Bhutan
This article criticizes conventional economic policy claiming that it disadvantages smaller nations and ignores important economic considerations. The author examines Bhutan’s policy of Gross Nation...
Finding Happiness in Wisdom and Compassion – The Real Challenge for an Alternative Development Strategy
This paper argues that policies such as Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness offer a sustainable and responsible approach to development that take into account the interdependence of culture, governanc...
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