Abstract

Abstract:

The small eastern Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan has in recent years moved, under royal guidance, from absolute monarchy to constitutionalism and a regime that might be called “top-down democracy.” But royal initiatives in favor of constitutional democracy have not been driven solely by selfless enlightenment. Instead, the monarchy is best understood as acting prudently in reaction to pressures emanating both from Bhutanese society and from a demanding regional environment dominated by the two huge neighbors that completely surround tiny Bhutan: China and India.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3214
Print ISSN
1045-5736
Pages
pp. 158-163
Launched on MUSE
2014-04-15
Open Access
No
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