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Single Idea 19821

[catalogued under 25. Society / B. The State / 6. Government / c. Executive]

Full Idea

I call 'government' or supreme administration the legitimate exercise of executive power; I call 'prince' or magistrate the man or body charged with that administration.

Gist of Idea

I call the executive power the 'government', which is the 'prince' - a single person, or a group

Source

Jean-Jacques Rousseau (The Social Contract (tr Cress) [1743], III.01)

A Reaction

Whether the prince is one person or many is left up to the legislative body, which is the general will. Rousseau has no view on the matter.

Book Reference

Rousseau,Jean-Jacques: 'The Basic Political Writings', ed/tr. Cress,Donald A. [Hackett 1987], p.174