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What are some disadvantages of a constitutional monarchy?

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The disadvantages of a monarchy include an absence of democratic legitimacy, lack of democratic liability, difficulty of internal change and lack of democratic accountability. A monarchy invests a significant amount of authority and power in one individual who rules the entire country for a lifetime. This removes the power from the masses to select another leader if the monarch is not performing according to the interest of the masses.

A disadvantage of this form of government is the economic disruption caused by a leader who does not properly work for the betterment of the people. The absence of democratic legitimacy is present in a monarchy, and unlike politicians, monarchs are not elected by the people. The lack of democratic liability occurs when the monarch is not held accountable for inefficiency and ineptitude. Replacing the leader or forcing him out of power is sometimes not an option. Investing a significant amount of power and authority in a single individual has disadvantages. Whether correct or incorrect, the monarch is the adjudicator, legislator and executor. Although the monarch has a personal council, he has the final judgment on issues, which has mixed results. As of 2014, countries that have a monarchy include Japan, the United Kingdom, Malaysia, Belgium, Denmark and Monaco.


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