David Bourchier

Associate Professor, BA Flin. & Murd., PhD Monash

  • The University of Western Australia (M257), 35 Stirling Highway, Room G11, Social Sciences Building, Perth campus

    6009 Crawley


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  • 1 h-Index

Personal profile


David Bourchier was born in Australia and grew up in Sri Lanka, the Soviet Union and Canberra. He studied at Flinders, Murdoch and Monash Universities graduating in politics in 1996. His main academic interest is in the politics of Indonesia and Southeast Asia. He has taught courses on Asian politics and Indonesian language at Flinders University, RMIT, Murdoch University. He has been at UWA since 1998, where he has taught several units relating to modern Indonesia and Southeast Asia as well as all levels of Indonesian.

Current projects

The Politics of Islamic creationism

Ideology in post-authoritarian Indonesia


David has written on many aspects of Indonesian society and politics, with publications on law, labour, ideology, international relations, human rights and the military. Publications include "Habibie's Interregnum: Reformasi, Elections, Regionalism and the Struggle for Power" in Chris Manning and Peter van Diermen (eds) Indonesia in Transition: Social Aspects of Reformasi and Crisis (ISEAS, Singapore, 2000); "Conservative Political Ideology In Indonesia: A Fourth Wave?" in Lloyd Grayson and Luke Shannon (eds) Indonesia Today: Challenges of History (ISEAS, Singapore, 2001); and, together with Hamish McDonald, Desmond Ball, James Dunn, Gerry van Klinken, Douglas Kammen and Richard Tanter, Masters of Terror: Indonesia's Military and Violence in East Timor in 1999 (Australian National University, Canberra, 2002)

Research on law and politics led to publications including "The romance of adat in the Indonesian political imagination and the current revival” in Jamie Davidson and David Henley (eds) The Revival of Tradition in Indonesian Politics: The deployment of adat from colonialism to indigenism, Routledge, London and New York (2007) and “Positivism and Romanticism in Indonesian Legal Thought” in Timothy Lindsey (ed) Indonesia Law and Society, The Federation Press, Sydney (2008).

His books include (with John Legge) Democracy in Indonesia, 1950s and 1990s; (with Vedi Hadiz) Indonesian Society and Politics: A Reader (Routledge-Curzon, London and New York, 2003) as well as the sole authored Dynamics of Dissent in Indonesia (Equinox, Jakarta 2010) and Illiberal Democracy in Indonesia: The idea of the family state (Routledge, London and New York, 2014).


  • Human rights, law and the military in Indonesia
  • Indonesian history, politics and society
  • Southeast Asian politics, Islamic creationism

Fingerprint Fingerprint is based on mining the text of the person's scientific documents to create an index of weighted terms, which defines the key subjects of each individual researcher.

Indonesia Social Sciences
politics Social Sciences
Singapore Social Sciences
Military Social Sciences
democracy Social Sciences
labor law Social Sciences
East-Timor Social Sciences
Romanticism Social Sciences

Projects 1999 2004

Research Output 1998 2015

Assault on the secular

Bourchier, D. 2011 In : The Australian. 6, 3, p. 14, 23

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Bourchier, D. 2009 Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History. Katz, S. N. (ed.). http://0-www.oxford-legalhistory.com.prospero.murdoch.edu.au/: Oxford University Press, p. N/A

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary