Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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According to Rousseau, where does a government obtain power?

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According to Rousseau, the government gets power from the consent of the people it rules.  It does this through the creation of a "social contract."

According to Rousseau, people in the state of nature are not really all that free.  This is because others may attack them and take their lives or possessions.

Because of this danger, people get together in societies.  They form a social contract in which the people give up some freedom in exchange for protection.

Because they have done this, government can only legitmately do things that the people want them to do.  So that means the power come from the consent of the people.

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