Main characteristics of the concept of ‘General Will’ by Rousseau:
The main characteristics of Rousseau’s General Will are as given below:
1. Public welfare:
General Will is public welfare. This is a blend of ideals wills and desires. According to Rousseau, the General Will is always good and it is for the welfare of all the people.
There is no mutual conflict in the General Will. There is unity in diversity.
General Will is not the result of momentary and instantaneous impulses, instead, it is a stable tendency of human welfare
According to Rousseau, ‘General Will’ cannot be segregated. As a living creature cannot divide itself without ending its existence, similarly, General Will cannot be divided in political society.