All by Myself: Personal Qualifications versus Party Affiliation in Colombian Mayoral Elections Academic Article uri icon


  • Political decentralization has been promoted as a way to devolve responsibility, bring government closer to citizens, and improve accountability. The shift prompted new local elections, but were the elected officials responsive to citizens or to national party elites? This study examines unique survey data from 125 Colombian mayors to identify the factors they believe were critical in their victories and thereby to identify the people to whom they believe they owe loyalty: citizens or party leaders. Examining the relative value mayors assign to their own actions versus those of the party, combined with information on how they financed campaigns, sheds important light on subnational electoral dynamics in Colombia. © 2012 University of Miami.

author list (cited authors)

  • Avellaneda, C. N., & Escobar-Lemmon, M. C.

citation count

  • 1

publication date

  • January 2012