Latin American Congresses Could Become Irrelevant – Unless They Adapt

By Maria Baron, Cristiano Ferri

The pandemic is exposing how legislative powers in the region are outdated and poorly prepared for the 21st century.

When the legislative powers of Latin America came into being, between 1850 and 1920, the region’s 60 million inhabitants – less than 10% of today’s population – were lucky if they owned a horse and made it to middle age Fast forward to the present and the one institution you might expect to have moved with the times – the cornerstone of democracy tasked with rising to citizens’ toughest, newest challenges – has barely modernized at all Instead Latin American Congresses have clung doggedly to their old ways, resisting innovation at every turn  This is especially the case...

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