Adriana Algarin C.

Social accountability formation in two Colombian cities

Adriana Algarine

Supervisors: Catherine Durose and Stephen Jeffares 

Since the early 2000s, social accountability analyses have been prominent in the literature of political science, international development and public administration. Most of the literature on developing democracies examines it by looking into mechanisms available to citizens and civil society to hold governments accountable.

Using a new institutionalist lens, the research examines the rules, practices and narratives shaping social accountability formation in two cities in the Caribbean region of Colombia. Given the context of countries like Colombia, it questions how clientelism and social accountability interact and how power asymmetries influence institutional formation in weak democratic settings. Findings suggest social accountability accommodates to clientelism despite formal rules’ aim was for social accountability to help suppress it.


At the end of Law School, Ms. Algarin took interest for understanding the relationship between government and citizens.

Before undertaking a Masters on Social Research, she worked as a research assistant for the Law, Political Science and International Relations School at Universidad del Norte, Colombia.



  • Lawyer (Universidad del Norte, Colombia)
  • MA Social Research (Local Government & Public Policy ) (University of Birmingham)


Research interests

  • Local governance
  • Accountability
  • Citizen participation


Selected book chapter

Algarín Castillo, Adriana & Alexandra Garcia Iragorri. (2013). Región Caribe y Desarrollo endógeno: Visión de Región De la élite política de la Costa Caribe . En Tuirán, Ángel (Ed.) El territorio: un análisis desde el derecho y la ciencia política (p.125 – 171). Barranquilla: Ediciones Uninorte.

Contact details


LinkedIn: adrialgarinc