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PhD, Cornell University

Assistant Professor; Study Tour Coordinator

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Contact Information

Office: YEUNG-Y7600
Phone: 3442-6987
Fax: 3442-0180
Email: dfossati@cityu.edu.hk
Website: Personal Website
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Research Interests

  • Voting behaviour
  • Accountability
  • Representation
  • Identity politics
  • Indonesia
  • Southeast Asia
Diego Fossati is Assistant Professor of Asian and International Studies at City University of Hong Kong. He studies voting behaviour, accountability and representation, especially in the context of Indonesia and other low and middle-income countries. His work has been published in leading international peer-reviewed journals such as World Development, European Journal of Political Research and Review of International Political Economy. He received a PhD in Government from Cornell University in 2016.


  • Social Research Methods (AIS 2012)
  • US Study Tour (AIS 3810)
  • Indonesia: Politics and Society (AIS 5338)

Recent Research Projects

  • Democratic backsliding in Southeast Asia
  • Political representation in Southeast Asia: Masses and elites
  • Identity politics and policy preferences in Indonesia: Islam, nation and ethnicity
  • Partisan affiliations in Indonesia over time



  • 2018. A tale of three cities: Electoral accountability in Indonesian local politics. Journal of Contemporary Asia, 48(1):23-49.
  • 2016. Is Indonesian local government accountable to the poor? Evidence from health policy implementation. Journal of East Asian Studies, 16(3): 307-330.
  • 2014. Economic vulnerability and economic voting in 14 OECD countries. European Journal of Political Research, 53(1): 116-135.

Social identities

  • Forthcoming. The resurgence of ideology in Indonesia: Political Islam, aliran and political behavior. Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs.
  • 2019. Embedded diasporas: Ethnic prejudice, transnational networks and foreign investment. Review of International Political Economy, 26(1): 134-157.
  • 2017. Support for decentralization and political Islam go together in Indonesia. ISEAS Perspective, 2017(69).

Political parties and populism

  • Forthcoming. Analyzing Indonesia’s populist electorate: Demographic, ideological and attitudinal trends. Asian Survey. With Marcus Mietzner.
  • 2019. Electoral reform and partisan dealignment in Indonesia. International Political Science Review.
  • 2018. Indonesian political parties and minorities. ISEAS Perspective, 2018(37). With Eve Warburton.
  • 2018. Mapping the Indonesian political spectrum. New Mandala. With Edward Aspinall, Burhanuddin Muhtadi and Eve Warburton.
  • 2016. Partisan affiliations remain strong in Indonesia. ISEAS Perspective, 2016(52).

Public opinion

  • 2019. Follow the leader: personalities, policy and partisanship in Indonesia. New Mandala. With Burhanuddin Muhtadi and Eve Warburton.
  • 2017. The Indonesia National Survey Project: Economy, Society and Politics. Singapore: ISEAS, Trends in Southeast Asia Series, no. 10, 2017, 49 pp. With Hui Yew-Foong and Siwage Dharma Negara.
  • 2016. The state of local politics in Indonesia: Survey evidence from three cities. Singapore: ISEAS, Trends in Southeast Asia Series, no. 5, 2016, 54 pp.


  • 2017. From periphery to centre: Local government and the emergence of universal healthcare in Indonesia. Contemporary Southeast Asia,39(1): 178-203.
  • 2016. Beyond “good governance”: The multi-level politics of health insurance for the poor in Indonesia. World Development, 87: 291-306.