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Single Idea 19823

[catalogued under 25. Society / B. The State / 9. Population / a. State population]

Full Idea

In order to be good, the government must be relatively stronger in proportion as the populace is more numerous.

Gist of Idea

If the population is larger, the government needs to be more powerful


Jean-Jacques Rousseau (The Social Contract (tr Cress) [1762], III.01)

A Reaction

This could either imply a larger government, or more powerful laws for a fairly small government. Rousseau implies an almost mathematical law (of ratios) which determines the size of the government.

Book Reference

Rousseau,Jean-Jacques: 'The Basic Political Writings', ed/tr. Cress,Donald A. [Hackett 1987], p.175

Related Idea

Idea 19822 If the state enlarges, the creators of the general will become less individually powerful [Rousseau]