Monday, October 5, 2009

Monarchies: Better Places to Live

The United Nations Human Development Index ranks the world's countries in terms of quality of life. In 2009, the Kingdom of Norway ranked first, with the Republic of Niger on the bottom. As in previous years, monarchists can take heart from what the report suggests.

Monarchies (including Andorra) unfortunately make up only 43, or less than 24%, of the 182 countries ranked. However, of the 38 top-rated countries ("Very High Human Development"), fully 19, or 50%, are monarchies; of the top 20, 12, or 60%, are monarchies. So much for republican claims that retaining a constitutional monarchy holds a country back!

The bottom 24 ("Low Human Development")? You guessed it: all republics!


J.K. Baltzersen said...

I would be careful wih this sort of argument, sir.

Theodore Harvey said...

It's not the best or the most decisive, I concede. But I think that in combination with other factors, such statistics are not without their uses, primarily in purely negative terms of refuting claims of monarchical "backwardness." The positive argument for monarchy still has to be made on other grounds, since many First World republics superficially don't seem to be doing too badly either.