Guillermo is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt University. He is Faculty Affiliate at MIT GOV/LAB and holds a PhD in Political Science from MIT. His research focuses on relationships among state actors (politicians, bureaucrats, and anti-corruption agents) and how they shape public service delivery and human development. His work uses big administrative datasets, surveys, and extensive qualitative fieldwork to shed light on dynamics of within-government accountability. Guillermo is writing a book on “The political logics of patronage,” or the different ways in which local politicians in Brazil use public employment, and what those strategies mean for the quality of public services like education and healthcare. As part of that project and with MIT GOV/LAB support, he implemented surveys of bureaucrats and politicians, as well as a field experiment in partnership with the State Audit Court of Rio Grande do Norte.
Results March 2020
Information and Accountability: Evidence Syntheses of Within-Government and Citizen-Government Accountability Pathways
Full report on the evidence syntheses undertaken for the Transparency and Accountability Initiative as part of the Learning from Evidence series.
Results November 2018
Effect of International Standards on Accountability Behaviors
Evidence review on the impact of international norms and standards initiatives on accountability.
Results November 2018
Taxation and Accountability in Developing Countries
Does taxation motivate citizens to hold government accountable? How is taxation increased and tax evasion decreased?
Research April 2018
Personnel Politics: How Politics in Bureaucrat Hiring Impacts Local Governance
Politics often influence the hiring of bureaucrats around the world, but how this practice impacts local government effectiveness and accountability is not well understood.
Research March 2018
Unpacking the Black Box of Government Decision-Making
What incentivizes local officials to respond to citizen needs and demands? What constraints, motivations, and considerations influence the behavior of bureaucrats?
Update November 2017
Second Political Behavior of Development Conference at MIT
We convened a second annual PBD conference on what determines citizen expectations of the state, support for justice, electoral and nonelectoral participation, and bureaucratic behavior.