Bhutan's Political Transition: Between Ethnic Conflict and Democracy

Wolf, Siegfried O.

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Abstract

Until recently Bhutan (Drukyul - Land of the Thunder Dragon) did not fit into the story of the global triumph of democracy. Not only the way it came into existence but also the manner in which it was interpreted made the process of democratization exceptional. As a land-locked country which is bordered on the north by Tibet in China and on the south by the Indian states Sikkim, West Bengal, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, it was a late starter in the process of state-building. Nevertheless, it seems that the last, reclusive Himalayan kingdom started a silent transition from an absolute monarchy to a constitutional monarchy by introducing parliamentary democratic elements.

Document type: Working paper
Place of Publication: Heidelberg
Date: 2012
Version: Secondary publication
Date Deposited: 24 June 2013
Number of Pages: 16
Faculties / Institutes: Miscellaneous > Individual person
DDC-classification: Political science
Controlled Subjects: Bhutan, Demokratie, Minderheitenfrage
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bhutan, Demokratie, Ethnischer Konflikt / Bhutan, Democracy, Ethnic Conflict
Subject (classification): Politics
Countries/Regions: Bhutan
Series: Subjects > APSA Spotlight South Asia
Volume: 2