Luis R. Delgado J.
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Universidad de Carabobo, Venezuela


This article analyses the scope and density of modern liberal governmentality in the Venezuelan nation-state, from its inception in 1830 up to the 1960s. By doing this we aim at distinguishing the impact of biopolitical regimes at two times —agrarian Venezuela in the 19th century and the early decades of oil-producing Venezuela. The strengthening of a liberal governmentality that only reached some of an outline in the 19th century was deployed on the basis of the financial power provided by the usufruct of oil profits.

Keywords: Modernity, governmentality, biopolitics, petro-State.