S. M. Amadae is working on the book project Neoliberal Seeds of Illberalism: Nordic Alternatives. This research seeks to understand the recent global transition to illiberal hybrid autocratic forms of government and to identify practical interventions consistent with values of participatory governance, a free press, and inclusive economic prosperity. It draws on previous and ongoing research into late modern capitalist democracy which identifies neoliberal expressions of political economy in contrast to classical liberal forms spanning the right (e.g. Robert Nozick) and the left (John Rawls). It investigates how neoliberal forms of political economy are inherently illiberal. Amadae draws on current research in Finland and the Nordic countries to put forward a non-utopian alternative based on existing practices of democratic governance, free trade, and the welfare state model.
Amadae is currently a university lecturer in politics at the University of Helsinki, Finland and also holds appointments as research affiliate at the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk at the University of Cambridge; and research affiliate in Science, Technology, and Society at MIT. Her publications include Prisoners of Reason: Game Theory and Neoliberal Political Economy (Cambridge University Press, 2016) and the award winning Rationalizing Capitalist Democracy: Cold War Origins of Rational Choice Liberalism (University of Chicago Press, 2003). Amadae recently contributed to The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Strategic Stability and Nuclear Risk (SIPRI, 2019) from the perspective of reducing existential risk of accidental or inadvertent nuclear war. Other research initiatives include developing a model to better understand a mechanism of structural discrimination.
Amadae is a research affiliate in 2020-21, and a Berggruen fellow at CASBS in 2019-20.