Rasul, Imran, Daniel Rogger, Martin J. Williams, and Eleanor F. Woodhouse. (Forthcoming). “Government analytics using data on task and project completion.” In D. Rogger and C. Schuster (eds.), The Government Analytics Handbook: Leveraging Data to Strengthen Public Administration, Chapter 17. Washington, DC: World Bank.

Williams, Martin J. (2022). “External Validity and Institutions in Behavioral Public Administration.” Invited roundtable contribution in “The (Missing?) Role of Institutions in Behavioral Public Administration–A Roundtable Discourse” with Anthony M. Bertelli, Norma M. Riccucci, Paola Cantarelli, Maria Cucciniello, Christian R. Grose, Peter John, Elizabeth Linos, and Anjali Thomas. Journal of Behavioral Public Administration Volume 5, Issue 1, Pages 1-25. (journal full-text [open access]) (pdf)

Ali, Aisha, Javier Fuenzalida, Margarita Gomez, and Martin J. Williams. (2021). “Four Lenses on People Management in the Public Sector: An Evidence Review and Synthesis.” Oxford Review of Economic Policy Volume 37, Issue 2, Pages 335–366. (journal full-text [open access]) (working paper)

Williams, Martin J. (2021). “Beyond State Capacity: Bureaucratic Effectiveness, Policy Implementation, and Reform.” Journal of Institutional Economics Volume 17, Issue 2, pp. 339 – 357. (pre-publication pdf) (final journal version [gated])

Rasul, Imran, Daniel Rogger, and Martin J. Williams. (2021). “Management, Organizational Performance, and Task Clarity: Evidence from Ghana’s Civil Service.” Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory Volume 31, Issue 2, Pages 259–277. (pre-publication pdf) (journal full-text)

Williams, Martin J., and Liah Yecalo-Tecle. (2020). “Innovation, Voice, and Hierarchy in the Civil Service: Evidence from Ghana’s Civil Service”. Governance 33(4), p. 789-807. (final journal version [gated]) (pre-publication pdf)

Bertelli, Anthony, Mai Hassan, Dan Honig, Daniel Rogger, and Martin J. Williams. (2020). “An agenda for the study of Public Administration in Developing Countries.” Governance 33(4), p. 735-748. (final journal version [gated])

Williams, Martin J. (2020). “Beyond ‘Context Matters’: Context and External Validity in Impact Evaluation.” World Development 127, Symposium on RCTs and Development.(final journal version [gated])

Williams, Martin J. (2020). “External Validity and Policy Adaptation: From Impact Evaluation to Policy Design”. World Bank Research Observer Volume 35, Issue 2, Pages 158–191.(final journal version [gated]) (working paper pdf) (policy memo) (policy memo em português)

Williams, Martin J. (2017). “The Political Economy of Unfinished Development Projects: Corruption, Clientelism, or Collective Choice?” American Political Science Review 111(4) November 2017, p. 705-723. (final journal version [gated](pre-publication pdf)

Williams, Martin J. (2013). “Aid, Trade, Investment, and Dependency.” In Anderson, David, Nicholas Cheeseman, and Andrea Scheibler (eds), The Routledge Handbook of African Politics, London: Routledge, 2013. (routledge) (google books)

Williams, Martin J. (2010).“The Gold Standard of Governance: Mining, Decentralization, and State Power in Senegal.” Politique Africaine 117, March 2010. (journal)

Working papers

Sheena Bell, Clare Leaver, Zahra Mansoor, Karen Mundy, Dana Qarout, and Martin J. Williams. “The Impacts of Delivery Units on Education Systems Reform: Evidence from a Multi-Country Study”. Working paper, April 2023.

Ali, Aisha J., Luis Álvaro Álvarez Calderón, Pedro Arcain Riccetto, Paola del Carpio, Elise El Nouchi, Javier Fuenzalida, Margarita Gómez, Aung Hein, Oswaldo Molina, and Martin J. Williams. “Questioning hierarchies: Senior leaders’ views on how global civil services changed during the pandemic.” Working paper, March 2023. Under review. (pdf) (policy report)

Cardoso, Danilo, Flávio Cireno, Julien Labonne, Pedro Palotti, Flávio Sousa da Vitoria, and Martin J. Williams. “Bureaucratic Networks and Appointments: Evidence from Brazil.” Working paper, March 2023. Submitted. (pdf)

Mansoor, Zahra, and Martin J. Williams. “Systems Approaches to Public Service Delivery: Methods and Frameworks”. August 2022. Resubmitted. (main paper) (online appendix)

Mansoor, Zahra, Dana Qarout, Kate Anderson, Celeste Carano, Liah Yecalo-Tecle, Veronika Dvorakova, and Martin J. Williams. “A Global Mapping of Delivery Approaches”. DeliverEd Working Paper, July 2021. (pdf)

Williams, Martin J., and Liah Yecalo-Tecle. “The (Non-)Implementation of Performance Management Policies: Mapping 30 Years of Reforms in Ghana and Zambia”. Working paper, September 2022. (pdf) (earlier working paper version)

Azulai, Michel, Margherita Fornasari, Imran Rasul, Daniel Rogger, and Martin J. Williams. “Can Training Improve Organizational Culture? Experimental Evidence from Ghana’s Civil Service.” Working paper, October 2020. (under revision – new draft available soon)

Williams, Martin J., Clare Leaver, Zahra Mansoor, Dana Qarout, Anna Bilous, Karen Mundy, Minahil Asim, Sheena Bell. “Delivery Approaches to Improving Policy Implementation: A Conceptual Framework.” DeliverEd Working Paper, July 2020. (pdf)

Diop, Binta Zahra, Koku Awoonor-Williams, Hamza Ismaila, Anthony Ofosu, and Martin J. Williams. “Understanding the Allocation of Public Personnel Across Government Health Facilities in Ghana.” IGC Working Paper, August 2019. (pdf)

Williams, Martin J. “From Institutions to Organizations: Management and Informality in Ghana’s Public Bureaucracies”. Working paper, 2015. (pdf)

Williams, Martin J. “One Size Does Not Fit All: Budget Institutions and Performance in Ghana’s Spending Ministries” Working paper, 2015. (pdf)

Work in Progress

Adam, Christopher, Mae Chan, and Martin J. Williams. “Recurrent Costs and the Macroeconomic Impacts of Infrastructure Investment”

Honig, Dan, and Martin J. Williams. “Organizational Autonomies”

Honig, Dan, Peace Medie, Erica Robles-Anderson, and Martin J. Williams. “Speculative Governance”

Williams, Martin J. “Reforming States at Scale”

Williams, Martin J. “Inherently Endogenous Questions”


Review of: “Brokering Democracy in Africa: The Rise of Clientelist Democracy in Senegal” by Linda Beck. In Politique Africaine 115, October 2009. (pdf)

“The Social and Economic Impacts of South Africa’s Child Support Grant.” Cape Town: Economic Policy Research Institute Working Paper #39 (extended version) and #40 (short version), November 2007.