Monarchy: Strengths and Weaknesses

By: Kirsten Darrington, Natalie Wilson and Megan Frush

Monarchy

  • A monarch is an absolute ruler that is chosen through divine rights or heredity.

Strengths

  • A monarch has an efficient way of carrying out decisions and policies.
  • In a monarchy, there is a clear line of succession.
  • The citizens in a monarchy respect and have loyalty to the monarch and are a unifying power.

Weaknesses

  • An absolute monarch can lead to poor decision-making since being the child of a previous monarch does not always guarantee that they will be fit to be ruler.
  • Policy is based on the monarch's own views, so it could shift dramatically from one monarch to another.
  • A constitutional monarchy involves a public agreement of the principle of hereditary privilege, which could cause major negative effects on a society.

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