Lander is one of the leading thinkers and writers on the left in Venezuela. He was a critical supporter of the Venezuelan revolution under Chavez in its early stages. However as the economic policies led to an increasing dependence on oil, consolidating the rentier state, as a huge proportion of the Venezuelan territory has been opened up to transnational mining corporations in a neoliberal mode, and the authoritarian tendencies have became dominant in the Bolivarian Revolution, he has become active in the search for democratic non depredatory alternatives to the Maduro government. He was actively involved in social movements in the Americas that defeated the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas (FTAA).
Presently part of the Citizen’s Platform in Defense of the Constitution (Venezuela). He is part of the Permanent Working Group on Alternatives to Development (Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Office for the Andean Region, Quito) and a member of the CLACSO’s working group on Political Ecology.
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
- La colonialidad del saber: Eurocentrismo y ciencias sociales. Perspectivas latinoamericanas (editor)
- 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.
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; eurocentrism, crisis of civilization; climate change; beyond development; extractivism: progressive governments in South America, rentier state; Venezuelan politics.