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The Power Of Codification In Latin America: Simón Bolívar And The Code Napoléon, M C. Mirow Jan 2000

The Power Of Codification In Latin America: Simón Bolívar And The Code Napoléon, M C. Mirow

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Codification can be an effective means to centralize and to consolidate state power. The use of codification in this manner runs against the commonly perceived notion that it promotes republican and egalitarian values. As Simon Bolivar's dictatorship quickly crumbled around him, he turned to codification based on the Code Napoleon as part of an attempt to unify Gran Colombia. Factors leading him to this undertaking and source were the need for legal reform, his emulation of Napoleon, his exposure to the works of Jeremy Bentham, and, speculatively, the influence of Andres Bello. Boivar's attempt at codification was not ...