S.M. Amadae is a University Lecturer in Politics at the University of Helsinki and holds an honorary appointment as an Associate Professor of International Political Economy at Swansea University, Wales, UK. Amadae has authored the books Prisoners of Reason: Game Theory and Neoliberal Political Economy (Cambridge University Press, 2016) and the award winning Rationalizing Capitalist Democracy: The Cold War Origins of Rational Choice Liberalism (Chicago University Press 2003).
Current research explores the seeds of illiberal political movements in post-1970s neoliberal capitalism consistent with the Washington Consensus, and also investigates contemporary threats to nuclear security posed by cyber attacks.
In Rationalizing Capitalist Democracy, S. M. Amadae tells the remarkable story of how rational choice theory rose from obscurity to become the intellectual bulwark of capitalist democracy.
Is capitalism inherently predatory? Must there be winners and losers? Is public interest outdated and free-riding rational? Is consumer choice the same as self-determination?