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Dr Andrew Rosser

Telephone +61 8 8313 4938
Position Associate Professor
Building Napier Building
Floor/Room 1 31
Campus North Terrace
Org Unit Anthropology and Development Studies

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Biography/ Background

I am a political economist who works on development issues in Southeast Asia, especially Indonesia and Timor Leste. My main interests are the resource curse, the political economy of policy-making, the politics of inclusion, aid governance, rebuilding governance in fragile states, and corporate governance/corporate social responsibility. I am currently working on a research project focused on law, politics and socio-economic rights in Indonesia courtesy of an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship. I have worked at the Institute of Development Studies (Sussex), AusAID, the University of Sydney and Murdoch University and acted as a consultant to the World Bank, the UK Department for International Development, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Oxfam, UNRISD, UNDP, and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.


Sole-Authored Books

2002 The Politics of Economic Liberalisation in Indonesia, Richmond: Curzon.


Edited Collections

2016 The Domestic Politics of Aid in Pacific Asia (with Czeslaw Tubilewicz), special edition of Pacific Review, 29 (1).

2015 Law and the Realisation of Human Rights in Asia, special edition of Asian Studies Review, 39 (2). 

2006 IDS Bulletin: Achieving Turnaround in Fragile States, 37 (2).


Journal Articles

2016 Predation, Productivism, and Progessiveness: The Political Economy of Welfare Capitalism in Post-New Order Indonesia (with Maryke van Diermen), Asia Review (in Korean), 5 (2), pp.157-182.

2016 Law, Democracy and the Fulfilment of Socio-economic Rights: Insights from Indonesia (with Maryke van Diermen), Third World Quarterly, 37 (2).

2016 Neoliberalism and the Political Economy of Higher Education Policy in Indonesia, Comparative Education, 52 (2), pp.109-135.

2016 Emerging Donors and New Contests Over Aid in Pacific Asia (with Czeslaw Tubilewicz), Pacific Review, 29 (1), pp.5-19.

2016 Asia's Rise and the Politics of Australian Aid Policy, Pacific Review, 29 (1), pp.115-136.

2015 The World Bank's Health Projects in Timor Leste: The Political Economy of Effective Aid (with Sharna Bremner), International Peacekeeping, 22 (4), pp.435-451.

2015 Realising Rights in Low Quality Democracies: Instructive Asian Cases, Asian Studies Review, 39 (2), pp.180-193.

2015 Law and the Realisation of Human Rights: Insights from Indonesia's Education Sector, Asian Studies Review, 39 (2), pp.194-212. 

2015 Contesting Tobacco Control Policy in Indonesia, Critical Asian Studies, 47 (1), pp. 69-93.

2014 Legal Mobilisation and Justice: Insights from the Constitutional Court Case on International Standard Schools in Indonesia (with Jayne Curnow), The Asia-Pacific Journal of Anthropology, 15 (4), pp.302-318.

2013 The Politics of Universal Free Basic Education in Indonesia: Insights from Yogyakarta (with Priyambudi Sulistiyanto), Pacific Affairs, 86 (3), pp539-560.

2013 Towards a Political Economy of Human Rights Violations in Post-New Order Indonesia, Journal of Contemporary Asia, 43 (2), pp.243-256.

2013 Memahami Pelanggaran Hak Asasi Manusia di Indonesia: Wawasan Dari Indonesia: The Rise of Capital, Prisma, 32 (1), pp.35-50. 

2013 From User Fees to Fee-Free: The Politics of Realising Universal Free Basic Education in Indonesia (with Anu Joshi), Journal of Development Studies, 49 (2), pp.175-189.

2012 Democratic Decentralisation and Pro-poor Policy Reform in Indonesia: The Politics of Health Insurance for the Poor in Jembrana and Tabanan (with Ian Wilson), Asian Journal of Social Science, 40 (5-6), pp. 608-634.

2012 Towards Effective Work-Integrated Learning Practica in Development Studies: Reflections on the Australian Consortium for 'In-country' Indonesian Studies' Development Studies Professional Practicum, Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 36 (3), pp.341-353.

2012 Building Markets and Other Agendas: The Political Economy of Risk Management at AusAID (with Thomas Wanner), Journal of Contemporary Asia, 42 (3), pp.447-463. 

2012 Realising Free Health Care for the Poor in Indonesia: The Politics of Illegal Fees, Journal of Contemporary Asia, 42 (2), pp. 255-275.

2010 Corporate Social Responsibility Policy in Indonesia: A Critical Assessment, (with Raymond Atje), The Indonesian Quarterly, 38 (2), pp.222-236.

2010 The Politics of Corporate Social Responsibility in Indonesia, (with Donni Edwin), Pacific Review, 23 (1), pp.1-22.

2009 Risk Management, Neoliberalism, and Coercion: The Asian Development Bank's Approach to "Fragile States," Australian Journal of International Affairs, 63 (3), pp.376-389.

2008 Introduction: Neoliberalism and its Discontents in Australian Aid Policy, Australian Journal of International Affairs, 62 (3), pp.315-318.

2008 Neo-liberalism and the Politics of Aid Policy-Making in Australia, Australian Journal of International Affairs, 62 (3), pp.372-385.

2007 Escaping the Resource Curse: The Case of Indonesia, Journal of Contemporary Asia, 37 (1), pp.38-58.

2006 Escaping the Resource Curse, New Political Economy, 11 (4), pp.557-570.

2006 Introduction, IDS Bulletin: Achieving Turnaround in Fragile States, 37 (2), pp.1-13.

2006 Lao Peoples Democratic Republic, IDS Bulletin: Achieving Turnaround in Fragile States, 37 (2), pp. 27-39.

2006 Indonesia, IDS Bulletin: Achieving Turnaround in Fragile States, 37 (2), pp.53-66.

2005 Indonesia: the Politics of Inclusion, (with Kurnya Roesad and Donni Edwin), Journal of Contemporary Asia, 35 (1), pp.53-77.

2003 Coalitions, Convergence and Corporate Governance Reform in Indonesia, Third World Quarterly, 24 (2), 2003, pp.319-338. reprinted in K. Jayasuriya (ed.) Asian Regional Governance: Crisis and Change, London: RoutledgeCurzon.

2001 Economic Orthodoxy and the Asian Economic Crisis (with Kanishka Jayasuriya), Third World Quarterly, 22 (3), pp.381-396.

1998 Contesting Reform: Indonesias New Order and the IMF (with Richard Robison), World Development, August, pp.1593-1609.


Book Chapters

Forth.  'Foreign Aid' in S. Hameiri and M. Beeson (eds.) Navigating the New International Disorder: Australia in World Affairs 2011-2015, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Forth. 'Resisting Marketisation: Everyday Actors, Courts and Education Reform in Post-New Order Indonesia' in J. Elias and L. Rethel (eds.) The Everyday Political Economy of Southeast Asia, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

2014 'Indonesia: Oligarchic Capitalism' in M. Witt and G. Redding (eds.) The Oxford Handbook on Asian Business Systems, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2012 Donors, Neoliberalism and Country Ownership in Southeast Asia in R. Robison (ed.) Routledge Handbook of Southeast Asian Politics, London: Routledge, pp.174-185. 

2011 Timor Leste and the Resource Curse: An Assessment in V. Harris and A. Goldsmith (eds.) Security, Development and Nation-Building in Timor Leste, London: Routledge.

2009 Natural Resources and Social Development: Issues and Evidence in K. Hujo (ed.) Financing Social Policy, Houndmills and Geneva: Palgrave and UN Research Institute for Social Development, pp. 165-182.

2009 Rebuilding Governance in Failed States: The Case of Timor Leste in Wil Hout and Richard Robison (eds.) Governance and the Depoliticisation of Development, London: Routledge, pp. 169-182.

2008 The Political Economy of International Financial Reform Since the Asian Crisis The Case of Corporate Governance in J. Robertson (ed.) Power and Politics after Financial Crises: Rethinking Foreign Opportunism in Emerging Markets, London: Palgrave, pp.102-124.

2007 The Transition Support Program in Timor Leste in J. Manor (ed.) Making Aid Work in Fragile States, Washington: World Bank, pp.59-84.

2007 The First and Second Health Sector Rehabilitation and Development Projects in Timor Leste in J. Manor (ed.) Making Aid Work in Fragile States, Washington: World Bank, pp.123-143.

2006 Pathways From the Crisis: Politics and Reform in Southeast Asia Since 1997 (with Kanishka Jayasuriya) in G. Rodan et al (eds.), The Political Economy of Southeast Asia: Markets, Power and Contestation, Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 3rd ed, pp.258-282.

2005 Development in International Financial Policies (with Stephany Griffith-Jones and Ricardo Gottschalk) in OECD Fostering Development in a Global Economy: A Whole of Government Perspective, Paris: OECD, pp.83-114.

2005 The Political Economy of Corporate Governance in Indonesia in Ho Khai Leong (ed.) Reforming Corporate Governance in Southeast Asia, Singapore: ISEAS, pp. 180-199.

2005 The Politics of Financial Sector Vulnerability in Indonesia in K.S. Jomo (ed.), After the Storm: Crisis, Recovery and Sustaining Development in Four Asian Economies, Singapore University Press, Singapore, pp.98-115.

2003 What Paradigm Shift? Public Sector Reform in Indonesia Since the Asian Crisis in I. Scott and A. Cheung (eds.) Governance and Public Sector Reform in Asia: Paradigm Shift or Business As Usual? Richmond: Curzon, pp.227-247.

2003 Globalisation, International Norms, and the Politics of Accounting Reform in Indonesia in G. Underhill and X. Zhang (eds.), What Is To Be Done? Global Economic Disorder and Policies for a New International Financial Architecture, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp.263-282.

2001 Economic Crisis and the Political Economy of Economic Liberalisation in Southeast Asia (with Kanishka Jayasuriya) in G. Rodan et al (eds.), The Political Economy of Southeast Asia: An Introduction, Oxford University Press, 2nd ed. pp.233-258.

1999 Surviving the Meltdown: Liberal Reform and Political Oligarchy in Indonesia (with Richard Robison) in R. Robison et al (eds.), Politics and Markets in the Wake of the Asian Crisis, Routledge, pp.171-191.

1998 The Political Economy of Institutional Reform in Indonesia: The Case of Intellectual Property Law in K. Jayasuriya (ed.), Law, Capitalism and Power: The Rule of Law and Legal Institutions, Routledge, pp.95-117.

1995 Australia and the New World in Asia: The Economic Dimension (with Richard Robison) in H. Soesastro and T. McDonald (eds.), Indonesia-Australia Relations: Diverse Cultures, Converging Interests, Centre for Strategic and International Studies, Jakarta, pp.132-167.


Selected Other Publications

2014 Challenging Times for Big Tobacco, Inside Indonesia, July-September, available at:

2013 The World Bank's Health Projects in Timor Leste: The Political Economy of Effective Aid (with Sharna Bremner), United Nations University-World Institute for Development Economics Research Working Paper 2013/095.

2013 What Does a Coalition Government Mean for Australian Aid Policy? The Conversation, 10 September,

2013 Where There's Smoke There's Politics, Inside Indonesia, Jan-Mar,

2012 Unsafe Motherhood, Inside Indonesia, July-September,

2012 The Politics Behind the "Cuts" to Foreign Aid, The Conversation,

2011 Power, Politics and Political Entrepreneurs: Realising Universal Free Basic Education in Indonesia (with Anu Joshi and Donni Edwin), IDS Working Paper 358, Brighton: Institute of Development Studies.

2011 Timor Leste Human Development Report 2011: Managing Natural Resources for Human Development: Developing the Non-Oil Economy to Achieve the MDGs (with John Taylor and others), United Nations Development Programme.

2011 Leaders, Elites and Coalitions: The Politics of Free Public Services in Decentralised Indonesia (with Ian Wilson and Priyambudi Sulistiyanto), Development Leadership Program Research Paper 16.

2006 The Political Economy of the Resource Curse: A Literature Survey, IDS Working Paper 268.

1998 The East Asian Economic Crisis: A Brief Overview of the Facts, the Issues and the Future, Asia Research Centre Working Paper, No. 86.

1998 From Chaos to Disaster, The Weekend Australian, 23-24 May.

1997 Reform Bid Loses Steam, The Australian, 15 August, p.38.


Entry last updated: Tuesday, 17 May 2016

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