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Keywords:

  • Colombia;
  • constitutional regulatory state;
  • constitutionalism;
  • independent regulatory agencies;
  • water supply regulation

Abstract

This article interprets the regulatory state in Colombia as the result of a dialectic process between transnational knowledge and domestic politics, which influence, transform, and inspire each other. Such a process results in an interesting constitutional variant of the regulatory state, in which neo-constitutionalism becomes a counterbalance to the unchecked expansion of neo-liberal regulatory practices. I, therefore, distinguish between neoliberal and constitutional regulatory states. As a result of neo-constitutionalism, the domestic judiciary is empowered, and becomes a crucial actor to understand both the specific traits of this regulatory experience, and its interaction with global centers of power.