By: Sarah Whitley

Absolute and Constitutional

Absolute: King, Queen, or other hereditary power holds all political power.

Constitutional: Monarch's power is limited by a constitution and shared with a parliament.

Pros and Cons


Pros; - Can come to solutions and get things done in a time of crisis, because there is only one person in charge so there is no decision making process.

- More efficient government because there are no opposing parties.

Cons; - Leader has absolute power and can abuse it without restrictions.

- Higher risk of rebellions against Monarch.


Pros; - Monarch has a lifetime position resulting in stability with other countries.

- Monarch is limited in power, makes choices with prime minister and a governing body resulting in stability throughout the country.

Cons; - Difficulty with progression because it's harder to make changes in a system with deep family tradition.

- The monarch has a position for life, cannot remove poor leader.

Countries with Monarchies

Quotes about Monarchies

" A monarchy conducted with infinite wisdom and infinite benevolence is the most perfect of all possible governments." Ezra Stiles

"Something as curious as the monarchy won't survive unless you take account of people's attitudes. After all, if the people don't want it, they won't have it." Prince Charles