Edward Aspinall

Professor Edward Aspinall

Program Convenor - Master of Political Science, and Professor


BA (Jurisprudence) (Adelaide), BA (Hons) (Sydney), PhD (ANU)

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+61 2 6125 5915
Room: 4.23
Building: Hedley Bull Building

Edward Aspinall is a specialist in the politics of Southeast Asia, especially Indonesia. He has published on a range of topics related to Indonesia, including democratisation, elections, the separatist conflict in Aceh, ethnic politics, clientelism and ‘money politics’. He is the author of two books (Opposing Suharto, and Islam and Nation) and the editor of a further ten. His current research interests include involvement in an Australian Research Council project on urban machine politics across Southeast Asia.

Indonesian democracy: from stagnation to regression?


Birds-eye view of Manila, Philippines

Understanding the Local: Good governance and Southeast Asia

The extent to which local governments either facilitate or frustrate the delivery of public services is a critical issue in the rapidly growing urban centres of Asia.

A masked man holds an anti-Ahok sign during a protest against Jakarta's Christian Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama. Source: AP/AFR

Jakarta election tests Indonesia's limits of tolerance

On 19 April, the residents of Jakarta – Indonesia’s sprawling capital – will go to the polls in an election that presents an unusually stark choice between religious solidarity and government

Stability and stagnation under SBY

Stability and stagnation under SBY

A new book by Ed Aspinall, Marcus Mietzner and Dirk Tomsa assesses the presidency of Indonesia's Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

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