Dr Stephen Sherlock

School of Humanities and Social Sciences


Building 29 Room 215


Stephen Sherlock is a former Director of the Centre for Democratic Institutions (CDI) at the Australian National University. He is currently a researcher, writer, trainer and political governance consultant, working in the Asia-Pacific region, especially in Indonesia. He has been an adviser for the World Bank, UN, Asian Development Bank, AusAID/DFAT, USAID, the Asia Foundation and a range of political foundations such as the National Democratic Institute, Friedrich Naumann Foundation and Hanns Seidel Foundation. Before branching out into consultancy work, he was a Senior Research on foreign affairs and international development in the Australian Parliament for over a decade.

Research Interests

His current research interests include Indonesian politics, political parties, elections, accountability in government and reform of government institutions.

Book Chapters

Sherlock S, 2015, 'Democratic achievement and policy paralysis: Implications for Indonesia’s continuing ascent', in Indonesia's Ascent Power, Leadership, and the Regional Order, Springer

Sherlock S, 2015, 'A balancing act: relations between state institutions under Yudhyono', in The Yudhoyono presidency: Indonesia’s decade of stability and stagnation

Sherlock S, 2013, 'Aliran, religion, class and culture: Political parties and social identity in Indonesia', in The Indonesian Journey: A Nation's Quest for Democracy, Stability and Prosperity, pp. 11 - 29

Sherlock S, 2010, 'The parliament in Indonesia's decade of democracy: People's forum or chamber of cronies?', in Problems of Democratisation in Indonesia: Elections, Institutions and Society, pp. 160 - 178

Journal articles

Sherlock S, 2012, 'Made by committee and consensus: Parties and policy in the Indonesian parliament', South East Asia Research, vol. 20, pp. 551 - 568, http://dx.doi.org/10.5367/sear.2012.0121

Sherlock S, 2010, 'Review of Joel Negin, 'Reviving dead aid: Making international development assistance work', Lowy Institute for International Policy, August 2010', Asian-Pacific Economic Literature, vol. 24, pp. 171 - 173, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8411.2010.01266.x

Sherlock S, 2009, 'SBY's consensus cabinet - lanjutkan?', Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies, vol. 45, pp. 341 - 343, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00074910903424043

Sherlock S, 2002, 'Combating corruption in Indonesia? The ombudsman and the assets auditing commission', Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies, vol. 38, pp. 367 - 383, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00074910215532