It is an indisputable fact that constitutional monarchies such as Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands are the best-governed countries in the world, but even they can be made to look woefully inadequate and unenlightened. Lord Black:
The best-governed country, for the 64th consecutive year (awards can be made retroactively), is Vatican City. It has almost no corruption or violence, minimal taxes, rare elections by the most sophisticated voters in the world, immaculate civil liberties and social services, magnificent cultural facilities and green areas and does not have public-service strikes or publicly unruly parliamentary activities. Immigration is cosmopolitan and by invitation only.The lesson here is not that absolute monarchies are ipso facto the best-governed countries (they can also be the worst), the lesson here is those who govern least govern best. Of course, no government would be necessary if people were perfectly virtuous, but because human beings are fallible the most we can hope for is minimalist government anchored by a strong civil society. Only a virtuous society with a powerful moral underpinning can offer minimalist government, effective public services and maximum individual liberty. On the other hand, a society that continuously undermines its moral and ethical roots, will necessarily lead to bigger and bigger government, which is the path we are on and can't seem to get off.