Mi Lennhag

Doktorand, Filosofie magister i statsvetenskap, Filosofie kandidat i Östeuropakunskap och ryskaOckså känd under namnet: Ми Леннхаг


Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ)

  • Statsvetenskap
  • Samhällsvetenskap
  • Humaniora
  • Språk och litteratur






  • Den postsovjetiska regionen/Öst- och Centraleuropa (politik, ekonomi, försvar, utrikespolitik, kultur, språkpolitik, post-sovjetisk ekonomisk transition)
  • Korruption (och andra typer av informell ekonomi)
  • svensk politik (inrikes- och utrikespolitik, ekonomisk politik, förvaltning, grundlagsfrågor/ offentlighetsprincip/ meddelarfrihet)
  • EU, EU:s relationer till Öst- och Centraleuropa, Östutvidgningsprocesser


Mi Lennhag är doktorand i statsvetenskap vid Lunds universitet. Hon har examina i statsvetenskap respektive Östeuropakunskap och ryska. Hennes avhandlingsprojekt undersöker korruption i dagens Östeuropa (och inkluderar fältarbeten i Ryssland, Ukraina, Vitryssland, Litauen och Polen). Hon har undervisat – om svensk politik och förvaltning, den post-sovjetiska regionen (politik, kultur, ekonomi), EU och utvidgningsprocesser, korruption och utvecklingsekonomi – på olika universitet sedan 2008. Därutöver har hon arbetat på Utrikesdepartementet, som konsult för Transparency International, högstadielärare, fotograf, journalist och kolumnist inom dagspress, samt som expert på Sveriges Radio (ämnen: svensk politik och Östeuropa).


AVHANDLINGSPROJEKT [beskrivning på engelska]

This PhD project explores corruption and informal economic practices – directly involving or more generally described by ordinary citizens (i.e. not politicians, company executives or experts) – in contemporary Eastern Europe.

The thesis contains both quantitative methods for inference and qualitative interviews for a narrative analysis and theoretical contribution. The quantitative component will focus on the whole region of “former Soviet style economies”, while the qualitative parts will focus upon four European post-Soviet states: Ukraine, Russia (the European Kaliningrad oblast), Belarus and Lithuania.

The main focuses during the recorded, anonymous, semi-structured interviews were individuals’ descriptions, explanations and justifications of partly changed – but simultaneously ongoing, persistent and widespread – corrupt practices in a post-Soviet context.

The thesis also presents a description of the contemporary legacy or transformation of the Soviet informal distribution system blat, which was a widespread, network-based, non- monetary channel for transactions that evolved as a reaction to Soviet time shortages, bureaucracy, and hierarchies. Instead, contemporary everyday corrupt acts involve large sums of money; usage of hierarchies; demands for services instead of goods; stricter obligations; new powerful professions and informal networks as useful channels for bribing the right persons.

In addition to its empirical aims, this thesis contributes to better theoretical understanding of informal economic stability in the post-Soviet region. Citizens’ feelings regarding possibilities for change and their perceptions of and incentives for on-going informal practices are treated as important. However, we need to avoid considering everyday corrupt acts in developing countries as foremost results of lack of “desirable” perceptions of morality.

Our understanding of both informal and formal economic institutions will be enhanced when including common, everyday approaches to the informal economic arena, as well as to formal economic constrains. By highlighting aspects of the relationship and tensions between the post-Soviet states and their citizens, we will better comprehend informal economic stability. Tensions created during the Soviet era, or generating from a Soviet legacy, continue to significantly affect citizens’ perceptions and attitudes. 

Senaste forskningsoutput

Mi Lennhag, 2018 sep, Nationalencyklopedin. Nationalencyklopedin

Forskningsoutput: Kapitel i bok/rapport/Conference proceedingBidrag till encyklopedi/referensverk

Mi Lennhag, 2018 jul, Nationalencyklopedin. Trygg, S. & Söderberg, P. (red.). Nationalencyklopedin

Forskningsoutput: Kapitel i bok/rapport/Conference proceedingBidrag till encyklopedi/referensverk

Mi Lennhag, 2018 mar, Nationalencyklopedin. Söderberg, P. & Trygg, S. (red.). Nationalencyklopedin

Forskningsoutput: Kapitel i bok/rapport/Conference proceedingBidrag till encyklopedi/referensverk

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