Los efectos de la participación política ciudadana en Colombia: la revocatoria de mandato en Boyacá Thesis

short description

  • Undergraduate thesis

Thesis author

  • Martínez Mejía, Cristian Eduardo


  • The revocation of mandate is a tool of citizen political participation in Colombia established over twenty years ago. However, although it has been implemented in 146 cases, no mandatary has been revoked or ratified through this tool in the country. This fact has prompted several investigations that have focused on operational, regulatory problems and difficulties in the tool’s implementation. This paper seeks to go further. and focus on political and social effects wich are affecting, positively or negatively, this tool of citizen political participation. It is a tool that directly involves citizens with local politics, actions that are carried out throughout the process may affect the population.This can be stated if one considers that the Colombian political history has It has been permeated by authoritarianism and clientelism, where powerful local actors, belonging to political oligopolies, are legitimated by historical features to further actions that affect the security, tranquility and integrity of population. The analysis involves three processes of revocation of mandate in Boyaca department during the period 2008-2011: Tunja, Samacá and Somondoco; highlighting the role that each actor plays in the respective revocation process and their motivation to be part of it and the actions that advance to ensure success or failure of this tool. This requires a qualitative methodology was used, consistent in media monitoring and semi structured interviews applied to the different actors of the processes, which allows us to reconstruct the case studies.

publication date

  • March 15, 2016 3:57 PM


  • Autoritarism
  • Citizen participation mechanisms
  • Citizen political participation
  • Clientelism
  • Revocation of mandate

Document Id

  • bdb333da-e8e2-42ec-99dd-3c641cf7acc2