Rousseau's Theories of Government What differences do you see between Montesquie's and Rousseau's theories about the nature of government and how it ought to interact with citizens?

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Rosseau believed that government should be designed to govern according to what he called the “general will.”

[Political] institutions should serve the community of citizens and not the most powerful social minority … [and] the government’s mission … is not to amass state power and wealth for itself. (arcade.stanford.edu)

In other words, the government really does exist for the people.  The government is supposed to protect the people and not get rich off of them.

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