What type of government is the most efficient and why?

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Efficiency is defined by Dictionary.com as

  1. .... [being able] able to accomplish something with the least waste of time and effort; competency in performance.
  2. accomplishment of or ability to accomplish a job with a minimum expenditure of time and effort

Given these definitions, a dictatorship by a single individual with a large amount of power would be the most efficient form of government. This might be called the "CEO" model, and it does offer the advantage of being able to quickly implement a program or plan without any compromise. Things can get done fast. There is none of the morass of a democratic system, where many constituencies have a say in what happens and can slow down a process or force compromises that make a plan more costly or less effective.

The larger question is, however, how much value we want to place on efficiency. The most efficient solution to a problem might not be the best solution. Often it is better to sacrifice efficiency to a more thoughtful and thorough...

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