Welcome to the Governance in Emerging Economies Research Group


Governance in Emerging Economies is a Berlin-based research group jointly run by Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (Netherlands) and PFH Private University Göttingen (Germany). It is funded by the Volkswagen Foundation as part of the initiative “Between Europe and the Orient – A Focus on Research and Higher Education in/on Central Asia and the Caucasus.”

The GEE Research Group studies the phenomenon of increasing state interference in markets in developing and emerging economies. State funds, industrialization programs and state-backed enterprises are some of the most visible policy measures by which – at present – a rising number of states seek to actively promote economic development and growth.

GEE aims at mapping the varying forms and degrees of state interventions in national economies, with a regional focus on Central Asia and the South Caucasus. On an analytical level, the research group seeks to understand the determinants of successful state activism under present global conditions. We pay particular attention to the institutional and regulatory settings that constrain interactions between the private sector and the state.