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Dr  Diego  FOSSATI 

PhD, Cornell University

Assistant Professor;
Associate Director, Southeast Asia Research Centre

Discipline: Political Science

Diego Fossati is Assistant Professor of Asian and International Studies at City University of Hong Kong. He studies public opinion, political behaviour, accountability and representation, especially in the context of East and Southeast Asia. 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 has been awarded research grants by Hong Kong's University Grants Committee (Early Career Scheme, General Research Fund) and Singapore's Ministry of Education (Tier-II Research Grant).

Contact information
Office: YEUNG-Y7600
Phone: 3442-6987
Fax: 3442-0180
Email: dfossati@cityu.edu.hk
Website: Personal Homepage
AC1 : Academic 1
MMW : Mong Man Wai Building
TYB : To Yuen Building
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  • Social Research Methods (AIS 2012)
  • Indonesia: Politics and Society (AIS 5338)
  • Political Dynamics in Asia (AIS 3031)
  • US Study Tour (AIS 3810)
Research Interests
  • Public opinion
  • Political behaviour
  • Accountability
  • Representation
  • Identity politics
  • Indonesia
  • Southeast Asia
Current/Recent Research Projects
  • The meaning of democracy in Southeast Asia
  • Political Islam in contemporary Indonesia
  • Political representation in Southeast Asia: Comparing political elites and masses
  • Warburton, E., Muhtadi, B., Aspinall, E., & Fossati, D. When does class matter? Unequal representation in Indonesian legislatures. Third World Quarterly, 42(6), 1252-1275.
  • Fossati, D., Aspinall, E., Muhtadi, B., & Warburton, E. (2020). Ideological representation in clientelistic democracies: The Indonesian case. Electoral Studies, 63.
  • Aspinall, E., Fossati, D., Muhtadi, B., & Warburton, E. (2020). Elite, masses and democratic decline in Indonesia. Democratisation, 27(4), 505-526.
Political parties
  • Fossati, D., Muhtadi, B., & Warburton, E. (Forthcoming). Why democrats abandon democracy: Evidence from four survey experiments. Party Politics.
  • Fossati, D. (2020). Electoral reform and partisan dealignment in Indonesia. International Political Science Review, 41(3), 349-364.
  • Fossati, D., & Warburton, E. (2018). Indonesian political parties and minorities. ISEAS Perspective, 2018(37), 1-10.
  • Aspinall, E., Fossati, D., Muhtadi, B., & Warburton, E. (2018, April 24). Mapping the Indonesian political spectrum. New Mandala.
  • Fossati, D. (2016). Partisan affiliations remain strong in Indonesia. ISEAS Perspective, 2016(52), 1-10.
Social identities
  • Fossati, D. (Forthcoming) When conservatives support decentralization: The case of political Islam in Indonesia. Regional and Federal Studies.
  • Fossati, D. (2021). National identity and support for economic gloablization in Indonesia. Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies, 57(1), 1-24.
  • Fossati, D. (2019). The resurgence of ideology in Indonesia: Political Islam, aliran and political behavior. Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, 38(2), 119-148.
  • Fossati, D. (2019). Embedded diasporas: Ethnic prejudice, transnational networks and foreign investment. Review of International Political Economy, 26(1), 134-157.
  • Fossati, D. (2017). Support for decentralisation and political Islam go together in Indonesia. ISEAS Perspective, 2017(69), 1-10.
Political behavior
  • Curato, N., & Fossati, D. (2020). Authoritarian innovations. Democratisation, 27(6), 1006-1020
  • Fossati, D., & Martinez i Coma, F. (2020). Exploring citizen turnout and invalid voting in Indonesia: two sides of the same coin? Contemporary Politics, 26(2), 125-146.
  • Fossati, D. (2018). A tale of three cities: Electoral accountability in Indonesian local politics. Journal of Contemporary Asia, 48(1), 23-49.
  • Fossati, D. (2016). Is Indonesian local government accountable to the poor? Evidence from health policy implementation. Journal of East Asian Studies, 16(3), 307-330.
  • Fossati, D. (2014). Economic vulnerability and economic voting in 14 OECD countries. European Journal of Political Research, 53(1), 116-135.
Public opinion
  • Fossati, D., & Martinez i Coma, F. (2020). How popular conceptions of democracy shape democratic support in Indonesia. In T. Power & E. Warburton (Eds.), From stagnation to regression? Indonesian democracy after twenty years. Singapore: ISEAS.
  • Fossati, D., & Mietzner, M. (2019). Analyzing Indonesia’s populist electorate: Demographic, ideological and attitudinal trends. Asian Survey, 59(5), 769-794.
  • Fossati, D., Muhtadi, B., & Warburton, E. (2019, 15 July). Follow the leader: personalities, policy and partisanship in Indonesia. New Mandala.
  • Fossati, D., Hui, Y.-F., & Negara, S. D. (2017). The Indonesia National Survey Project: Economy, society and politics. Singapore: ISEAS.
  • Fossati, D. (2016). The state of local politics in Indonesia: Survey evidence from three cities. Singapore: ISEAS.
  • Fossati, D. (2017). From periphery to centre: Local government and the emergence of universal healthcare in Indonesia. Contemporary Southeast Asia, 39(1), 178-203.
  • Fossati, D. (2016). Beyond “Good Governance”: The Multi-level Politics of Health Insurance for the Poor in Indonesia. World Development, 87, 291-306.