S.M. Amadae’s PhD Thesis

I’ve followed S.M. Amadae‘s work for several years. Her 2016 book Prisoners of Reason informs Chapter 1 of my PhD on theory-building in strategic culture. Now, I’m reading her 1999 PhD dissertation from the University of California Berkeley on the 1944-85 history of rational choice theory. I know that rational choice frameworks have influenced Jack Snyder’s later work and Martha Crenshaw’s analysis of terrorist organisations. I also note that Amadae thanks Philip Mirowski in her acknowledgments. Amadae and Mirowski’s work are writing models for possible future research. For example, it may be possible to write a similar history of strategic culture research that goes beyond Alastair Iain Johnston’s influential generations framework.

Philip Mirowski’s New Book

I’ve been following Philip Mirowski‘s work on economics and science ever since I spotted a copy of Machine Dreams: Economics Becomes A Cyborg Science (Cambridge University Press, 2001) in RMIT University’s Swanston St, Melbourne library. Mirowski’s book Never Let A Serious Crisis Go To Waste (Verso, 2013) was one of the best studies of the 2008 global financial crisis and neoliberalism’s ideological role. Now, he has coauthored The Knowledge We Have Lost In Information (Oxford University Press, 2017) on how modern economics deals with information. Mirowski’s work is a culturally informed model that I will use for in-progress PhD and post-thesis research.