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The Making of Law: The Supreme Court and Labor Legislation in Mexico, 1875-1931

William Suarez-Potts


Despite Porfirio Díaz's authoritarian rule (1877–1911) and the fifteen years of violent conflict typifying much of Mexican politics after 1917, law and judicial decision-making were important for the country's political and economic organization. Influenced by French theories of jurisprudence in addition to domestic events, progressive Mexican legal thinkers concluded that the liberal view of law—as existing primarily to guarantee the rights of individuals and of private property—was inadequate for solving the “social question”; the aim of the legal regime should instead be one of harmoniously ... More

Keywords: Mexico, politics, labor law, civil law, judiciary, authoritarian government, corruption, industrial relations, Supreme Court, Porfirio Díaz

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780804775519
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804775519.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William Suarez-Potts, author