Department of Political Science
2115 G St. NW, Monroe Hall 440
Washington, DC 20052

Phone: (202) 994-6290
Fax: (202) 994-1974

Alasdair Bowie

Alasdair Bowie

Title — Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs

Office — Monroe 423

Office Hours — W/F 1:00-3:00pm

Phone — (202) 994-7370; Fax: (202) 994-7743

E-mail —

Areas of Expertise —

Comparative political economy, development, Southeast Asia


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


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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). Dr. Bowie's current research focuses on the emergence of civil society organizations in the post-New Order era and, in particular, changes in the roles that business associations have played since the ouster of President Soeharto.


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 Malaysia.