BA(Social Sciences) (WA Institute of Technology), BA(Hons), PhD (Murdoch)
Political science

Garry Rodan is Emeritus Professor of Politics and International Studies at Murdoch University and Honorary Professor in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at The University of Queensland. He was formerly the Director of the Asia Research Centre at Murdoch University (2002-2009, 2016-March 2019). He was awarded an Australian Professorial Fellowship by the Australian Research Council in 2010. His thematic research interest has been in the relationship between capitalist development and political regime dynamics in Southeast Asia, characterising and explaining dynamic forms of authoritarian rule and divergent post-authoritarian paths in the region.

His authored books are Participation without Democracy (Cornell University Press, 2018), The Politics of Accountability in Southeast Asia (Oxford University Press, 2014, with Caroline Hughes), Transparency and Authoritarianism in Southeast Asia (Routledge, 2004) and The Political Economy of Singapore's Industrialization (Macmillan, 1989). Among his various edited and co-edited books are Political Oppositions in Industrializing Asia (Routledge, 1996) and the three-volume co-edited Political Economy of South-East Asia (Oxford University Press, 1997, 2001, 2006).

Professor Rodan's current research interests are:

  • non-democratic and democratic institutions and ideologies of political participation and representation in Southeast Asia;
  • explaining patterns in state-civil society directions in Southeast Asia.
  • Director, Asia Research Centre, Murdoch University, 2002 - 2009, 2016 -March 2019
  • Professor of Politics & International Studies, Murdoch University, 2001 - March 2019
  • Emeritus Professor of Politics & International Studies, Murdoch University, April 2019-
  • Honorary Professor of Political Science & International Studies, The University of Queensland, July 2019-June 2022, July 2022-June 2025.
  • Australian Professorial Fellow, Australian Research Council, 2010 - 2014
  • Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Carolina Asia Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, August - September 2009
  • Frank Cass Prize for best 2007 article in the journal Democratization

Participation without Democracy: Containing Conflict in Southeast Asia, Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2018.

'Capitalism, Inequality and Ideology in Singapore', Asian Studies Review, 40(2), 2016, pp. 211-230.

The Politics of Accountability in Southeast Asia: The Dominance of Moral Ideologies, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. (with Caroline Hughes)

'Civil Society Activism and Political Parties in Malaysia: Differences over Local Representation', Democratization, 21(5), 2014, pp. 824-846.

'Competing Ideologies of Political Representation in Southeast Asia', in Third World Quarterly, 33(2), 2012, pp 335 - 356.

'Ideological Coalitions and the International Promotion of Social Accountability: The Philippines and Cambodia Compared', International Studies Quarterly, 56(2),2012, pp 367 - 380 (with Caroline Hughes).

'Accountability and Authoritarianism: Human Rights in Malaysia and Singapore', in Journal of Contemporary Asia, 39(2), 2009, pp 180 - 203

'New Modes of Political Participation and Singapore's Nominated Members of Parliament', in Government and Opposition, 44(4), 2009, pp 438 - 462.

'Beyond Hybrid Regimes: More Participation, Less Contestation in Southeast Asia', in Democratization, 14(5), 2007, pp 773 - 794 (with Kanishka Jayasuriya).