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Personal profile

Description of research and teaching

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. 

            Amadae teaches in the fields of Politics, Media and Communication; World Politics; and Global Political Economy.  Amadae teaches the courses:  GPC-312 Philosophy of Politics and Communication; and PVK-M202 Foreign Policy and Diplomacy.

External positions

Research Affiliate, STS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2015 → …

Fields of Science

  • 517 Political science

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.


Computational Transformation of the Public Sphere: Theories and Case Studies

Amadae, S. M., 15 Jun 2020, Helsinki: University of Helsinki, Faculty of Social Sciences. 350 p. (Publications of the Faculty of Social Sciences)

Research output: Book/ReportBookScientific

Open Access

Kansallismielisten populistien haaste keskustaoikeistolle ja kolme kysymystä Euroopan liberaaleille

Amadae, S. M. & Aaltonen, H. M., 6 Apr 2019, Vapiseva Eurooppa: Mitä seuraa eurooppalaisen politiikan kaaoksesta?. Ronkainen, A. & Mykkänen, J. (eds.). Tampere: Vastapaino, p. 225-240 16 p. 12

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterGeneral public

Computable Rationality, NUTS, and the Nuclear Leviathan

Amadae, S. M., Oct 2018, The Decisionist Imagination: Sovereignty, Social Science and Democracy in the 20th Century. Bessner, D. & Guilhot, N. (eds.). Berghahn

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Game theory, cheap talk and post-truth politics: David Lewis vs. John Searle on reasons for truth-telling

Amadae, S. M., Sep 2018, In : Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour. 48, 3, p. 306-329 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Understanding Institutions without Collective Acceptance?

Mäkela, P., Hakli, R. A. & Amadae, S. M., 1 Dec 2018, In : Philosophy of the Social Sciences. 48, 6, p. 608-629 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review


Berggruen Research Fellow

Amadae, S. M. (Recipient), 1 Jan 2020

Prize: Prizes and awards

Berggruen Research Fellow, CASBS Stanford University

Amadae, S. M. (Recipient), 1 Jan 2020

Prize: Prizes and awards

J. David Greenstone Book Award

Amadae, S. M. (Recipient), 2004

Prize: Prizes and awards

Press / Media

US Midterm Elections: A Break on Polarisation--Or an Accelerator?

S. M. Amadae


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media