Contents: Foreword. Preface. 1. Situating Bhutan in the political discourse: introduction and overview. 2. Explaining the historical basis of Bhutan’s administrative systems. 3. Analysing the trends towards modernisation in Bhutanese politics. 4. Bhutan and the world: with special reference to India. 5. The future challenges ahead of Bhutan. 6. Conclusion. Bibliography. Index.
The book Parliamentary Democracy in Bhutan: A Journey from Tradition to Modernity gives an insight in to the transformations took place in the Kingdom of Bhutan while transforming itself into a Parliamentary democracy from a traditional monarchical system of government.
Contrary to other monarchies in the world history where monarchs have restricted any political change or democratic processes, Bhutan is an exceptional case with its Kings themselves have been the leading force of change in the nation. Though Bhutan is a small nation and new to the process of globalisation and modernisation, it generated a wide range of interest in International Relations, especially with Western and Eastern countries. The work states how the kings began the process of democratising the country and succeed in bring a new government elected by the people under adult suffrage. (jacket)