My work has mostly revolved around issues of political economy and political sociology, especially with regard to Indonesia and the broader Southeast region, but lately also in relation to Islamic politics. I have a particular interest in the social contradictions of the development process. I have produced research outputs that have been influential in developing current understandings of Indonesia’s socio-economic and political trajectories, in the authoritarian as well present democratic eras.
My most recent book, Islamic Populism in Indonesia and the Middle East (Cambridge University Press, 2016), where I elaborate on the concept of ‘Islamic populism’, has been noted in early reviews for its innovative theoretical framework in comprehending different possible pathways of Islamic politics and their relationships with democracy and markets. The book was undertaken as the major component of an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship from to 2010 to 2014 and compared the development of Islamic populism in Indonesia, Turkey and Egypt. Prior to this, my Localising Power in Post-Authoritarian Indonesia: A Comparative Southeast Asia Perspective (Stanford University Press, 2010), had become major reference point for debates about decentralisation and democracy in the region, comparing the Indonesian case with those of Thailand and the Philippines. My Reorganising Power in Indonesia: The Politics of Oligarchy in an Age of Markets (co-authored with Richard Robison; RoutledgeCurzon, 2004) is the most highly cited book on post- authoritarian Indonesian politics and was largely responsible for instigating academic debate about the oligarchic nature of Indonesian democracy. It did this by placing the Indonesian case in relation to broader debates about democratisation, the development of markets and institutional change. My first authored book (based on my PhD), Workers and the State in New Order Indonesia (Routledge 1997), is widely thought of as the seminal work on the political economy of labour in Indonesia, placing its case study in relation to the experience of early industrialising countries and their labour movements as well as similarly 'very late' industrialising cases.
I have also edited a number of well received books, including Indonesian Politics and Society: A Reader (with David Bourchier, Routledge 2003), Social Science and Power in Indonesia (with Daniel Dhakidae, ISEAS, 2005), Empire and Neoliberalism in Asia (Routledge, 2006) and most recently, Between Dissent and Power: Transformations in Islamic Politics in Asia and the Middle East (with Khoo Boo Teik and Yoshihara Nakanishi, Palgrave, 2014). The latter book analysed the position of Islamic politics within a range of Muslim-majority societies, from that of holding state power to that of perennial marginalisation. I have recently co-edited a special issue of International Political Science Review, which explores the phenomenon of populist politics from a comparative cross-regional perspective. I have held visiting positions in France, the Netherlands, Japan and Indonesia.
Professor of Asian Studies and Director, Asia Institute, University of Melbourne
Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, University of Indonesia
Australian Research Council Future Fellow, 2010-2014
1.Hadiz, VR Islamic Populism in Indonesia and the Middle East 2016, Cambridge University Press.
2. Hadiz, VR and Chryssogelos, A 2017. ‘Populism in World Politics: A Comparative Cross-Regional Perspective’, International Political Science Review, Vol. 38(4) :399-411
3.Hadiz VR and Robison, R. 2017. ‘Competing Populisms in Post-Authoritarian Indonesia. International Political Science Review, Vol. 38(4):488–502
4. Hadiz VR and Robison, R. 2013. ‘The Political Economy of Oligarchy and the Reorganisation of Power in Indonesia’, Indonesia, 96, October, 2013, pp.35-57.
5. Hadiz, VR Localising Power in Post-Authoritarian Indonesia: A Southeast Asia Perspective 2010. Stanford University Press.