(P11) Latin American Regulatory State: Origins and Evolution
Camilo Ignacio González, Assistant Professor, Universidad de los Andes
This panel will be devoted to discuss, and present research findings about the regulatory state in Latin America. Since late 1980s, Latin American countries started to liberalize and re-regulate their utilities sectors, followed by other economic and social sectors. Although, the same trend occurred in other regions, the rise of regulatory state in Latin America has been shaped by the specific context of the countries located in this region.
Despite the reported diffusion of regulatory agencies across the world, social sciences research has repeatedly proved that specific contexts affect the manner how social phenomena occur, regulation is not an exception. Additionally, regulation has become one of the main tools used by governments to influence society, gaining importance in absolute and relative terms, as well as precedence over other tools. Therefore, understanding how regulation works in the specific context of Latin America becomes extremely relevant, to understands the potential benefit or harm that this governance fashion can cause in the region.
Based on the former this panel aims to bring together research that studies how regulation has evolved in Latin America. Particularly, the panel seeks contributions that address (not limited to):
- The particular context and dynamics of the rise of the regulatory state in Latin America
- The specific manner in which regulatory governance has been shaped in Latin American countries
- The interactions between regulatory institution and judiciary bodies
- The role of regulatory agencies in policy making more widely
- The effect of regulation on specific sector outputs
- State capacity, bureaucracy and regulatory agencies
This panel will follow a traditional approach, which means collecting up to four related papers that will be presented during the session. Each paper will have an assigned discussant, and there will be a panel chair to organize the presentations and discussion.
If there are more than four researchers with high quality contributions, the option of splitting the panel in two different session could be considered.