Jason Sorens

Jason Sorens

  • Senior Affiliated Scholar
  • Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Buffalo (SUNY)

Jason Sorens is a Senior Affiliated Scholar at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and an assistant professor in the political science department at the University at Buffalo (SUNY).

Jason Sorens is a lecturer in the department of government at Dartmouth College. He has been an affiliated scholar with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University since 2008. His primary research interests include fiscal federalism, public policy in federal systems, secessionism, and ethnic politics. His work has been published in International Studies Quarterly, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Peace Research, State Politics and Policy Quarterly, and other academic journals, and his book Secessionism: Identity, Interest, and Strategy was published by McGill-Queen's University Press in 2012. Sorens received his BA in economics and philosophy, with honors, from Washington and Lee University and his PhD in political science from Yale University.

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Feb 25, 2016

Evidence suggests that intergovernmental transfers can adversely affect the total level of government spending, government debt, the tax burden, government efficiency, public knowledge about government, and economic growth.
Nov 23, 2013

Home to only one-fifth of 1 percent of the American population, North Dakota isn’t often the subject of big national news stories. The Bakken shale oil boom, though, has brought widespread attention to the Peace Garden State. In many ways, it has overshadowed a broader story: the payoff North Dakotans are enjoying from their remarkable level of economic and personal freedom.
Jul 08, 2013

Is federalism for progressives? Libertarians, who are generally enthusiastic about the competitive federalism model, have tried to argue that the model provides, at the very least, a kind of modus vivendi for all ideological camps, allowing citizens in each state to have roughly the kind of government that they want. Relative to a single national standard on every policy issue, everyone is better off, right? Some progressives have agreed, to a point.
Jun 25, 2013

In our study, Kansas ranked 26th on overall freedom, or about average. But from 2001 to year-end 2010 (the latest date for which full data is available) it had the fifth-largest decline in the country.

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William Ruger, Jason Sorens | Mar 28, 2013
Now in its third edition, Freedom in the 50 States presents a completely revised and updated ranking of the American states based on how their policies promote freedom in the fiscal, regulatory, and personal realms.


Jason Sorens | July 03, 2013
Jason Sorens Discusses Freedom in the 50 States on American Radio Journal…
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