General will is a theory by Jean-jacques Rousseau that explains that in a democratic society, the state represents the general will of its people, that when the people abide by its laws, the people are pursuing their own interests. The general will is a will for the greater, common good. The laws were reached by an unanimous decision, where majority rules, therefore the laws and the people’s collective will complement each other. For example: abiding by the environmental regulations is an example of general will because ultimately everyone wants to live in a clean and safe environment.
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