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Journal of Bhutan Studies
Journal of Bhutan Studies
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The Journal of Bhutan Studies (ISSN 1608-411X) is a twice-yearly publication of the Centre for Bhutan Studies, an autonomous research institute dedicated towards promoting research and scholarship on Bhutan. The institute is governed by the Council for the Centre of Bhutan Studies. The journal publishes scholarly research on the social, cultural and economic aspects of Bhutan. While Internet edition of the Journal can be accessed through the Centre's own website, the Digital Himalaya Project has reached an agreement with the Centre to co-host the journal to improve download speeds for scholars based in Europe and North America, and also to archive the contents on our searchable portal pages. The journal welcomes the submission of articles and research papers in English. Articles should be typed and double spaced and sent by email to the editor at: On account of the compression format we have used for the PDF files, we advise that you install the most recent version of Adobe Acrobat which can be downloaded by clicking here. Please send us a short email to say whether this service is of interest and utility to you. Feedback will determine whether we proceed with the digitisation of further volumes.



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Inequality in Bhutan: Addressing it Through the Traditional Kidu System

Journal Articles & Books
Novembro, 2018

As global inequality is dropping, inequality within countries is rising. The problem of inequality is a cause for concern for nations as it undermines democracy and reduces welfare. Bhutan, a developing country in South Asia, also faces rising inequality. Based on the experience of the kidu system in Bhutan, this paper argues that the system is effective in reducing inequality of opportunity. The kidu functions as a welfare system in Bhutan, and is under the prerogative of the King of Bhutan. The traditional kidu system was reformed by the present monarch of Bhutan in 2006.