Why Monarchy? The Rise and Demise of a Regime Type

  title={Why Monarchy? The Rise and Demise of a Regime Type},
  author={John Gerring and Tore Wig and Wouter Veenendaal and Daniela Weitzel and Jan Teorell and Kyosuke Kikuta},
  journal={Comparative Political Studies},
  pages={585 - 622}
Monarchy was the dominant form of rule in the pre-modern era and it persists in a handful of countries. We propose a unified theoretical explanation for its rise and decline. Specifically, we argue that monarchy offers an efficient solution to the primordial problem of order where societies are large and citizens isolated from each other and hence have difficulty coordinating. Its efficiency is challenged by other methods of leadership selection when communication costs decline, lowering… 


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