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Pluralism and the general will: The Roman and Spartan models in Rousseau?s social contract

Oprea, Alexandra


How should institutions be designed so that the votes of the people reflect the general will and not the corporate will of the politically powerful? Rousseau’s Social Contract provides us with two mutually exclusive solutions. The first is the more commonly discussed Spartan model where an encompassing public education system eliminates pluralism through social engineering. The second is the often overlooked Roman model of organizing the population into multiple overlapping electoral...[Show more]

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Date published: 2019
Type: Journal article
Source: The Review of Politics
DOI: 10.1017/S0034670519000482


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