When Lawyers Rule

COLOMBIA - Report 17 Oct 2014 by Veronica Navas and Mauricio Santa Maria

Executive Summary

Lawyers have dominated the Colombian landscape since independence from Spain. They explain a substantial portion of Colombian relative institutional stability; they currently want to re-established equilibrium between branches of government power, i.e. judiciary, legislative and executive. It’s true that many institutions would benefit from serious refurbishment. Especially immediate presidential reelection.

After months of discussion of a tax reform, and years of knowing it’d be needed to supplement revenue in 2015, the Ministry of Finance presented its...

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