Alasdair Bowie

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Alasdair Bowie

Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs



Office Phone: (202) 994-7370
Fax: (202) 994-7743

Professor Bowie's research focuses on comparative political economy, development, and Southeast Asia. 

He was an official international election observer in Palu, Central Sulawesi, during the June 7, 1999, national election in Indonesia. He is a frequent radio commentator on political developments in Indonesia (NPR, CBC Radio-Canada, Voice of America, BBC World Service). 

Comparative political economy; development; Southeast Asia

Dr. Bowie's current research focuses on the political and economic role of decentralized sub-national governments (those of provinces, districts, etc.) in Southeast Asia with a particular focus on Vietnam and Indonesia.

PSC 2336 - State and Society Relations in the Developing World

PSC 2373 - Comparative Politics of Southeast Asia

PSC 2993 - Reunify, Reconcile and Resentment

PSC 6336 - Political Economy of China, India, & Beyond

PSC 6373 - Political Economy of Industrializing Asia

He is author of The Politics of Open Economies: Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand (with Danny Unger), and Crossing the Industrial Divide: State, Society, and the Politics of Economic Transformation in Malaysia and of articles and chapters on state-sponsored economic development in Southeast Asia. He has also published on governance and development in the developing world.

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1989

M.P.A., Princeton University, 1982

B.A./M.A. University of Auckland, New Zealand, 1977/1980