As is evident for anybody who lives under government control, each type of government has associated strengths and weaknesses. Some of the strengths and weaknesses of the following traditional types of government include:
• Advantage: In a monarchy, decisions can be made quickly based on the opinion of the monarch.
• Disadvantage: A government in which there is one decision maker is often unsuccessful at protecting the rights of those who live under the government's rule.
Advantage: When a religious leader leads a government based on what he claims are God's words, there is a synergism between political and religious life for believers.
Disadvantage: Those who do not believe in the prominent religion find themselves in situations in which they may feel like their interests are not being considered.
Advantage: A democracy allows for the people to feel like they have influence regarding those they choose to represent them in government.
Disadvantage: In many instances, a political leader in a democracy must seek compromise with other political leaders in order to take small steps toward progress. Passing laws can be a slow, arduous process.
Advantage: Decisions are made quickly in an oligarchy, as those in power often have similar interests.
Disadvantage: Oligarchies are typically made up of upper-class individuals who rely on public obedience or oppression in order to exist.