Justicia e Injusticias en Venezuela by Rogelio Pérez Perdomo
Estudios de Historia Social del Derecho (Spanish Edition)

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"Justice and Injustices in Venezuela" is the latest provocative social-legal history from Venezuelan law professor Rogelio Pérez Perdomo, who has published widely in Spanish and English on the legal profession, social inequality, oil lawyers, Latin American legal institutions and actors, and political reform in South America.

El tema principal, que le da unidad al libro, es la relación entre la justicia y la política. La relación no está explorada usando una hipótesis sencilla, por ejemplo, que la justicia ha estado siempre al servicio de la política. Tal tipo de hipótesis empobrecería el análisis. Tampoco partimos de una imagen normativa sobre el lugar de los jueces y el papel que deben mantener en la política. Lo que nos ha interesado explorar son las relaciones específicas que se dan entre los jueces y los actores políticos, las circunstancias organizacionales que encuadran esas relaciones y los resultados tanto para el sistema jurídico como para el político. El aparato de justicia es parte del estado y necesariamente hay una relación entre justicia y política, pero los actores de la justicia tienen una formación profesional específica. Las tensiones entre los roles profesionales y los políticos son ineludibles, pero la manera de resolver esas tensiones varía, pues ni los sistemas políticos ni la cultura jurídica son objetos estables.

This book is a Spanish-language analysis of institutions of law and politics in Venezuela during the period circa 1790-2002. The author, a renowned law professor at Unimet in Caracas, has written many progressive and incisive studies on law, lawyers, and justice in his country of Venezuela and throughout the Americas. In this book, he adds tremendously to an understanding of social history in the country during its development as a nation, during the time of Gomez, in the modern era, and in the early days of Chavez.

Dr. Pérez Perdomo argues that the search for, and machinery of, "justice," while obviously a social good, have also led to the development of institutions, norms, and policies which have the ironic effect of enabling pervasive injustices. He shows that empowering judges and political bodies to enforce law has also created the power to oppress.

There is no greater and more honest analyst of social history and politics of Venezuela than Rogelio Pérez Perdomo, and this work is the culmination of years of inquiry into the field, drawing on sources both official and human. His prodigious research in interviews, and in libraries and long-hidden records, informs conclusions that are both important and sometimes unexpected. They explain much of the past of Venezuela and have acute relevance to the development of democratic bodies and norms in many other countries as well, both in Latin America and in other developing societies.

The author is also on Amazon as Perez-Perdomo for his English-language books from Stanford University Press.

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Published June 11, 2010 by Quid Pro Law Books. 311 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Professional & Technical, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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