William Ruger

William Ruger

  • Assistant Professor of Political Science, Texas State University - San Marcos

William P. Ruger is an assistant professor in the political science department at Texas State University. Ruger is the author of the biography Milton Friedman and a coauthor of The State of Texas: Government, Politics, and Policy. His work has been published in International Studies Quarterly, State Politics and Policy Quarterly, Armed Forces and Society, and other outlets. Ruger earned an AB from the College of William and Mary and a PhD in politics from Brandeis University. He is a veteran of the war in Afghanistan.

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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.
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.
Apr 17, 2013

Ever since immigrants seeking liberty began arriving on its shores centuries ago, New England has been a symbol of freedom for the rest of the world. It has hosted the Pilgrims, birthed the American Revolution and sparked the Abolitionist Movement. But today many Americans see it as a place where government has grown too large and intrusive.
Apr 08, 2013

If you’re finding it harder and harder to live in California, you’re not alone.

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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.


William Ruger | July 08, 2013
William Ruger Discusses Freedom in the 50 States on KDKA…
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