Edgardo Lander

Edgardo Lander

Professor of Social Sciences at the Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas.

Lander is one of the leading thinkers and writers on the left in Venezuela, both supportive and constructively critical of the Venezuelan revolution under Chavez. He is actively involved in social movements in the Americas that defeated the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas (FTAA).

He is a member of the Latin American Social Science Council’s (CLACSO) research group on Hegemonies and Emancipations and on the editorial board of the academic journal Revista Venezolana de Economía y Ciencias Sociales. He is currently part of the steering committee of the Hemispheric Council of the Social Forum of the Americas. 

Among other publications, Lander has written and edited: Contribución a la crítica del marxismo realmente existente: Verdad, ciencia y tecnología; La ciencia y la tecnología como asuntos políticos; Límites de la democracia en la sociedad tecnológica; Neoliberalismo, sociedad civil y democracia.

Areas of expertise:

Politics in Latin America and Venezuela; Critique of eurocentric and colonial character of modern social science knowledge; democratic theory; limits of industrial civilization and economic growth; Chavez and Venezuela; Latin American Left.


Media experience:

Edgardo Lander is frequently cited in international newspapers such as the New York Times and has been regularly interviewed for television and radio.


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Languages spoken:

English, Spanish

Caracas, Venezuela

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Recent content by Edgardo Lander

Venezuela: terminal crisis of the rentier petro-state?

October 2014
Venezuela's failure to develop an effective strategy to reduce its economy's dependence on gas and oil threatens the social successes and future viability of the Bolivarian project.

Civil society and decolonisation in South America

September 2012
An historical overview of Latin American debates and experiences related to democracy, citizenship and civil society and some highlights of current conflicts in Venezuela, Ecuador and Bolivia.

The Green Economy: the Wolf in Sheep’s clothing

December 2011
The fundamental flaw at the heart of UNEP's report "Towards a Green Economy" is its failure to analyse the extraordinarily unequal power relations that exist in today’s world, and the interests at play in the operation of this global economic system.

Reflections on the Cochabamba climate summit

April 2010
After last week’s climate summit in Bolivia, it is now possible for the governments to express the agenda of the social movements and the world’s most threatened peoples within the next official climate conference in Mexico.

Contours of Climate Justice

November 2009
This publication aims to contribute to a more sophisticated understanding of the emerging climate justice movement and to create resonances between different perspectives and spheres of engagement. The activities around the COP 15 in Copenhagen are a starting point in the creation of such a broad movement

The economic policy of the Latin American left in government:

November 2007
Venezuela has undergone profound political and social changes since Hugo Chávez assumed the presidency in February 1999, which have been reflected in the fundamental pillars of the government’s economic policy.