SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

Michael Buehler

MSc (LSE), PhD (LSE)
  • Overview
  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Publications

Overview

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Department of Politics and International Studies

Senior Lecturer in Comparative Politics

SOAS Centre of South East Asian Studies

Academic Staff, Centre of South East Asian Studies

Name:
Dr Michael Buehler
Email address:
Address:
SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Building:
Russell Square: College Buildings
Office No:
4412
Office Hours:
Monday 3-5pm
Website:
http://www.michaelbuehler.asia/

Biography

Michael Buehler is a Senior Lecturer in Comparative Politics in the Department of Politics and International Studies, SOAS, University of London. Specializing in Southeast Asian politics, his teaching and research interests evolve around state-society relations under conditions of democratization and decentralization.

Previously he taught at Columbia University and Northern Illinois University. He has also held research fellowships at the Center for Equality Development and Globalization Studies at Northwestern University in Chicago, the Weatherhead East Asian Institute in New York City, and the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies in Leiden. Michael Buehler has been an Associate Research Fellow at the Asia Society in New York City since 2011.

Teaching

Courses Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Chris Weeks, Human trafficking in the wake of natural disaster: the case of Typhoon Haiyan
  • Dwi Kiswanto , Centre-Periphery Relations and Political Accountability in Decentralising Indonesia
  • Ibrahim Nyei, Decentralisation reforms and the implications for power and authority relations in a centralised unitary state. A study of decentralisation reforms in Liberia
  • Neil Loughlin,
  • Timothy Simonson, Political Participation and Multi-Level Politics in Myanmar's Democratic Transition

External PhD Students supervised
  • Elisa Brewis, Institute of Education
  • Iqra Anugrah, Northern Illinois University - "Elite-Peasant Relations in Post-Authoritarian Indonesia: Decentralization, Dispossession, and Countermovement"

Research

  • Comparative Politics
  • Elections and Party Politics
  • Islam
  • Local Politics
  • Southeast Asian Politics

Specializing in Comparative Politics, Michael's teaching and research interests evolve around state-society relations under conditions of democratization and decentralization.  He is particularly interested in state-civil society relations, the relationship between political parties and social movements as well as state-religion relations.  

Publications

Authored Books

Buehler, Michael (2016) The Politics of Shari'a Law: Islamist Activists and the State in Democratizing Indonesia.. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Articles

Pisani, Elizabeth and Buehler, Michael (2016) 'Why do Indonesian politicians promote shari’alaws? An analytic framework for Muslim-majority democracies'. Third World Quarterly, (38) 3, pp 734-752.

Buehler, Michael and Muhtada, Dani (2016) 'Democratization and the Diffusion of Shari'a Law: Comparative Insights from Indonesia'. South East Asia Research, (24) 2, pp 261-282.

Schraufnagel, Scot and Buehler, Michael and Lowry-Fritz, Maureen (2014) 'Voter Turnout in Democratizing Southeast Asia: A Comparative Analysis of Electoral Participation in Five Countries'. Taiwan Journal of Democracy, (10) 1, pp 1-22.

Buehler, Michael (2013) 'Subnational Islamization through Secular Parties: Comparing Shari’a Politics in Two Indonesian Provinces'. Comparative Politics, (46) 1, pp 63-82.

Buehler, Michael (2012) 'Revisiting the inclusion-moderation thesis in the context of decentralized institutions: The behavior of Indonesia’s Prosperous Justice Party in national and local politics'. Party Politics, (19) 2, pp 210-229.

Buehler, Michael (2011) 'Indonesia's Law on Public Services: changing state-society relations or continuing politics as usual?'. Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies, (47) 1, pp 65-86.

Buehler, Michael (2009) 'Islam and Democracy in Indonesia'. Insight Turkey, (11) 4, pp 51-63.

Buehler, Michael (2008) 'Shari’a By-Laws in Indonesian Districts: An Indication for Changing Patterns of Power Accumulation and Political Corruption.'. South East Asia Research, (16) 2, pp 165-195.

Buehler, Michael and Tan, Paige (2007) 'Party-Candidate Relationships in Indonesian Local Politics: A Case Study of the 2005 Regional Elections in Gowa, South Sulawesi Province.'. Indonesia, (84), pp 41-69.

Buehler, Michael (2007) 'Local Elite Reconfiguration in Post-New Order Indonesia: An Analysis of the 2005 Elections of District Government Heads'. Review of Indonesian and Malaysian Affairs, (41) 1, pp 119-147.

Book Chapters

Buehler, Michael (2018) 'The Ephemeral Nature of Local Political Monopolies'. In: Hefner, Robert W., (ed.), Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Indonesia. Abingdon; New York: Routledge, pp 106-117.

Buehler, Michael (2014) 'Elite Competition and Changing State-Society Relations: Shari’a Policymaking in Indonesia.'. In: Ford, Michele and Pepinsky, Tom, (eds.), Beyond Oligarchy: Wealth, Power, and Contemporary Indonesian Politics. Ithaca: Cornell Southeast Asia Program Publications, pp 157-175.

Buehler, Michael (2012) 'Indonesia'. Countries at the Crossroads. New York City: Freedom House, pp 1-33.

Buehler, Michael (2010) 'Decentralisation and Local Democracy in Indonesia: The Marginalisation of the Public Sphere'. Problems of Democratisation in Indonesia: Elections, Institutions and Society. Singapore: ISEAS, pp 267-285.

Buehler, Michael (2010) 'Indonesia'. Countries at the Crossroads. New York City: Freedom House, pp 273-296.

Buehler, Michael (2009) 'The Rising Importance of Personal Networks in Indonesian Local Politics: An Analysis of the District Government Head Elections in South Sulawesi in 2005'. Deepening Democracy in Indonesia. Singapore: ISEAS, pp 101-124.

Book Reviews

Buehler, Michael (2017) 'Review of: Hadiz, Vedi R. 2016. Islamic Populism in Indonesia and the Middle East, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press'. ASEAS UK News, (62) 2017, pp 27-30.

Buehler, Michael (2016) 'Review of: The Ruling Elite of Singapore: Networks of Power and Influence, by Michael Barr. London: I.B. Tauris, 2016'. South East Asia Research, (24) 4, pp 540-542.

Buehler, Michael (2016) 'Review of:Illiberal Practices: Territorial Variance within Large Federal Democracies, by Jacqueline Behrend and Laurence Whitehead. Baltimore, MD: John Hopkins University Press, 2016.'. Publius: The Journal of Federalism, (47) 1, pp e3.

Buehler, Michael (2016) 'Review of: Women and sharia law in Northern Indonesia: local women’s NGOs and the reform of Islamic law in Aceh by Dina Afrianty. New York: Routledge, 2015 '. Journal of Gender Studies.

Buehler, Michael (2016) 'Review of Political Authority and Provincial Identity in Thailand by Nishizaki, Yoshinori. 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Southeast Asia Program Publications'. South East Asia Research, (24) 1, pp 158-163.

Buehler, Michael (2015) 'Review of: Indonesia’s Changing Political Economy: Governing the Roads by Jamie Davidson, Cambridge University Press, 2015. '. Contemporary Southeast Asia, (37) 3, pp 492-494.

Buehler, Michael (2015) 'Review of: Indonesian women and local politics: Islam, gender, and networks in post-Suharto Indonesia by Dewi Kurniawati Hastuti, NUS Press, Singapore, 2015. '. Journal of Gender Studies, (24) 6, pp 705-707.

Buehler, Michael (2015) 'Review of: Democrats and Autocrats: Pathways of Subnational Undemocratic Regime Continuity within Democratic Countries by Agustina Giraudy, New York: Oxford University Press 2015.; Rebecca Weitz-Shapiro 2015. Curbing Clientelism in Argentina: Politics, Poverty, and Social Policy by Rebecca Weitz-Shapiro. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015.'. Publius - The Journal of Federalism, (46) 1.

Buehler, Michael (2015) 'Review of: Shari‘a and Social Engineering: The Implementation of Islamic Law in Contemporary Aceh, Indonesia by R. Michael Feener. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. 335 pp'. Indonesia, (98), pp 148-152.

Buehler, Michael (2014) 'Review of: State management of religion in Indonesia, by Myengkyo Seo, New York: Routledge, 2013; The roots of terrorismin Indonesia: from Darul Islam to Jema'ah Islamiyah, by Solahudin, Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2013; Contemporary developments in Indonesian Islam: explaining the “conservative turn”, edited by Martin van Bruinessen, Singapore: ISEAS,2013. '. Democratization, (22) 3, pp 580-585.

Buehler, Michael (2014) 'Review of: Warlords, Strongman Governors, and the State in Afghanistan by Dipali Mukhopadhyay. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014.'. Publius - The Journal of Federalism.

Buehler, Michael (2014) 'Review of: Boundary Control: Subnational Authoritarianism in Federal Democracies by Edward Gibson. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012.'. Publius, (44) 2.

Buehler, Michael (2014) 'Review of: Political Change and Territoriality in Indonesia: Provincial Proliferation by Ehito Kimura. London: Routledge, 2013.'. Indonesia, (97), pp 135-138.

Buehler, Michael (2014) 'Review of: Regional Dynamics in a Decentralized Indonesia, edited by Hal Hill. Singapore: ISEAS, 2014.'. ASEASUK News, (56), pp 29-31.

Buehler, Michael (2012) 'Localising Power in Post-Authoritarian Indonesia: A Southeast Asia Perspective.'. Social Forces.

Buehler, Michael (2012) 'Review of: Local Politics in Indonesia: Pathways to Power by Nankyung Choi. London; New York: Routledge, 2011.'. Publius, (42) 4.

Buehler, Michael (2011) 'Review of: Islamism and Democracy in Indonesia: Piety and Pragmatism by Masdar Hilmy. Singapore: ISEAS, 2010.'. Indonesia, (91), pp 211-214.

Buehler, Michael (2010) 'Political Reform in Indonesia after Soeharto'. Indonesia, (90), pp 189-192.

Buehler, Michael (2010) 'Book Review: Pepinsky, T. B. (2009). Economic Crises and the Breakdown of Authoritarian Regimes: Indonesia and Malaysia in Comparative Perspective. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press'. Comparative Political Studies, (44) 2, pp 245-249.

Buehler, Michael (2010) 'Review of: State of Authority: the State in Society in Indonesia, edited by Gerry van Klinken and Joshua Barker. Ithaca: Cornell Southeast Asia Program Publications, 2009.'. South East Asia Research, (18) 2, pp 349-359.

Buehler, Michael (2005) 'Review of: Towards Good Society: Civil Society Actors, The State, and the Business Class in South East Asia: Facilitators of or Impediments to a Strong, Democratic, and Fair Society?" by Heinrich Boell Foundation, 2005.'. Asien-The German Journal on Contemporary Asia 105, pp 128-129.

Other

Buehler, Michael (2017) 'Informal Networks, Formal Politics and The Politicization of Islam in Indonesia [Online Article]' Middle East Institute.

Buehler, Michael (2015) 'Lobbyist questions still unanswered'.

Buehler, Michael (2015) 'Soal lobi, pertanyaan yang belum dijawab'.

Buehler, Michael (2015) 'Waiting in the White House Lobby: Why did a Singaporean consultant pay $80,000 to a Las Vegas PR company to lobby for the Indonesian government?'.

Buehler, Michael (2015) 'Indonesia’s dramatic executions hide the real problem: Indonesia’s draconian narcotics laws kill the country’s citizens – not low-level drug traffickers.'.

Sacks, Audrey and Rahman, Erman and Turkewitz, Joel and Buehler, Michael and Saleh, Imad (2014) 'The dynamics of centralized procurement reform in a decentralized state : evidence and lessons from Indonesia ' Policy Research Working Paper WPS6977.

Buehler, Michael (2014) 'The reassertion of the state' New Mandala.

Buehler, Michael (2014) 'Married with Children: The second round of direct elections for governors and district heads shows that democratisation is allowing powerful families to entrench themselves in local politics. ' Inside Indonesia, 112.

Buehler, Michael (2013) 'Peer Review of Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance Assessment of Indonesia'.

Buehler, Michael (2013) 'A False Hope? Indonesia's Economic Miracle'.

Buehler, Michael (2012) 'Angels and Demons: While a famous ‘reformer’ tries to undermine Indonesia’s local democratic institutions, the predators come to the rescue' Inside Indonesia, 108.

Buehler, Michael (2012) 'Government Fiddles While Indonesia's Workforce Burns'.

Buehler, Michael (2012) '"Resource Nationalism" Clouds Indonesia’s Economic Prospects'.

Buehler, Michael (2011) 'Whodunit? Politicians affiliated with secular parties implement most shari'a regulations.' Tempo Magazine - Special Edition 10 Years of Sharia.

Buehler, Michael (2011) 'Partainya Sekuler, Aturannya Syariah.' Tempo - Liputan Khusus 10 Tahun Perda Syariah.

Buehler, Michael (2009) 'Special Feature: The ‘judicial mafia’ and judicial reform in Indonesia' Van Zorge Report, XI.

Buehler, Michael (2009) 'The New Regional Taxation Law: an end to predatory taxation?' Van Zorge Report, XI.

Buehler, Michael (2009) 'Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative a potential boon to anti-corruption drive. ' XI, 3.

Buehler, Michael (2009) 'New Public Services Law a Step Towards Reform.' Van Zorge Report, XI.

Buehler, Michael (2009) 'Special Feature: Indonesia’s multi-faceted response to AIDS: Administrative red tape, Inertia of political Leaders, Discrimination of patients, Subversion of donor money' Van Zorge Report, XI.

Buehler, Michael (2009) 'New Investigations show Corruption Eradication Commission can still bite' Van Zorge Report, XI.

Buehler, Michael (2009) 'Suicide and Progress in Modern Nusantara: The Absence of Political Murders in Indonesian Elections.' Inside Indonesia, 96.

Buehler, Michael (2008) 'No Positive News: People living with HIV in Indonesia face Corruption and Incompetence in the Health System' Inside Indonesia, 94.

Buehler, Michael (2007) 'Rise of the clans: Direct elections in South Sulawesi show that a new breed of political godfathers is coming to power in Indonesia's regions.' Inside Indonesia, 90.

Buehler, Michael and Yunita, Rahmi (2005) 'Decentralization, The Transport Sector, and Corruption Monitoring: The First Eastern Indonesia Transport Project'. [Unpublished]

 

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