Edgardo Lander


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

He is part of the Permanent Working Group on Alternatives to Development (Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Office for the Andean Region, Quito)

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
  • Promesas en su laberinto: Cambios y continuidades en los gobiernos progresistas de América Latina, (Co-editor)

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; extractivism in Latin America; progressive governments in South America.

Media experience

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


social movements; beyond development; extractivism: progressive governments in South America, rentier state; Venezuelan politics.