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Masha Hedberg is a James Anderson Adjunct Professor at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at the Johns Hopkins University.
From 2013 to 2015 she was a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute. She received her PhD from the Department of Government, Harvard University.
Prior to joining the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Dartmouth College.
Her research interests include comparative politics; comparative political economy; Russia, the former Soviet Union, Eastern & Central Europe; post-communist business-state relations; corruption; comparative public administration & regulatory reform; and new modes of governance in emerging economies. She has taught courses on Political Corruption (Harvard University), Business & Politics in Resource-Rich States (Dartmouth College), Contemporary Russian Politics & Political Economy of Eastern & Central Europe (Johns Hopkins University, SAIS).
Current publications and works-in-progress include articles on industry self-regulation in the Russian construction sector, the geo-politics of energy investment in the Commonwealth of Independent States, and Russia’s trade wars in comparative perspective.
State Authority or Self-Reliance: Explaining New Modes of Governance in Post-Communist Countries
The research project seeks to explain the advent of industry self-regulation in post-Soviet countries where the regulatory capacity of the state remains weak and where the enforcement of regulation is frequently undermined by rampant corruption within the public sector. Specifically, the project analyses i) the circumstances that prompt governments to encourage, and even foster, the establishment of industry self-regulation, ii) the private sector’s perception of, and response to, calls for self-governance, and iii) the effectiveness and durability of new governance arrangements once these are established.
The focus on the development of industry self-regulation underpins a much broader question about the conditions that lead to the emergence of new forms of governance and institutions that redefine the relationship between private and public actors. Why do either private or public actors seek to change the status quo? How does the ex ante distribution of power between the state and the private sector affect the emergence of new institutional arrangements? Whose interests are represented in, and are served by, new governance forms? The research also addresses essential questions about the role of the state in structuring markets through regulation.