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The Making of LawThe Supreme Court and Labor Legislation in Mexico, 1875-1931$
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William Suarez-Potts

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780804775519

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804775519.001.0001

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Toward Social Legislation

Toward Social Legislation

(p.92) Chapter 4 Toward Social Legislation
The Making of Law
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Under the administration of Porfirio Díaz, a few state governments in Mexico enacted legislation requiring employers to indemnify workers who suffered accidents in the workplace. Legal reform refled the new paradigm that reformulated liberal presumptions about the free will of contracting parties as well as the formal equality of employers and employees. This chapter examines the new social orientation in legal discourse during the last decades of the Porfirian regime, focusing on the more significant reformist legislation and changes in legal doctrine occurring largely in Europe. The transformation of legal doctrine and theory that occurred toward the end of the nineteenth century and during the first years of the twentieth century formed the intellectual basis of the development of labor law in Mexico after 1910. Mexican proponents of labor reform, including the Partido Liberal Mexicano and social Catholic groups, contributed to this reorientation. The proposals generally remained reformist and even comprehensible within an ideology of social liberalism.

Keywords:   Porfirio Díaz, Mexico, labor law, legal reform, Europe, Partido Liberal Mexicano, social liberalism, legal doctrine

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